Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Folklore of the Era of Socialist Realism

For the History of Soviet Folklore – The Issue of the Relationship Between Folklore and Pseudo-Folklore

Ketevan Sikharulidze
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Soviet Folklore,
  • Soviet Mythology,
  • Soviet Epic works,
  • “Novini”,
  • Lenin,
  • Stalin
  • ...More


The folklore of the Soviet period was a particular stage in the history of folk creativity. To confirm its folk origin and legitimacy, the Soviet government armed itself with folklore tradition and actively developed work in this direction.

At the beginning of the 1930s, according to party instructions, folklorists were instructed to help speakers create a new type of work that reflected the grandeur of the new era. This is how the literary cooperation between the folklorist and the narrator was established.

The coexistence of pro-Soviet orality and the Soviet myth embedded in the people defines the folklore of the Soviet era, which was born after the October Revolution and ended with the death of Stalin.