The Literary Field under Communist Rule

The Literary Field under Communist Rule


Edited by Aušra Jurgutienė & Dalia Satkauskytė

Series: Lithuanian Studies without Borders
ISBN: 9781618119773 (hardcover)
Pages: 258 pp.
Publication Date: February 2019

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This volume widens the field of Soviet literature studies by interpreting it as a multinational project, with national literatures acting not as copies of the Russian model, but as creators of a multidimensional literary space. The book proposes a reconsideration of Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of literary field and analyzes the interactions of literature, power, and economics under the communist rule. The articles selected include theoretical discussions and case studies from different national literatures presenting different structural elements of the Soviet literary field, as well as phenomena created by the complexity of the field itself, such as the Aesopian language, state of emergency literature, or compromise as the essential element of the writers’ identity.

Aušra Jurgutienė is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. She has published more than 70 articles and is author of two monographs in Lithuanian: New Romanticism from Longing (1998), and The Art of Literary Interpretation: The Hermeneutical Tradition (2013). She is also the editor and co-author of academic textbooks and readers in literary theory.

Dalia Satkauskyte is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. She is the author of monographs in Lithuanian Language Consciousness in Lithuanian Poetry (1996) and Profiles of Subjectivity in Lithuanian Literature (2008), and author of more than forty articles in Lithuanian, English, Russian, French, Polish, and German on contemporary literature, literary theory, and sociocriticism.

Table of Contents


Dalia Satkauskytė

Soviet Literature as Theoretical and Historical Problem

Soviet Multinational Literature: Approaches, Problems, and Perspectives of Study
Evgeny Dobrenko

The Role of Aesopian Language in the Literary Field: Autonomy in Question
Dalia Satkauskytė

Between Universalism and Localism: The Strategies of Soviet Lithuanian Writers and “Sandwiched” Lithuanian Ethnic Particularism
Vilius Ivanauskas

Contradictions in Lithuanian Literary Field

Atheist Autobiography: Politics, the Literary Canon, and Restructured Experience
Nerija Putinaitė

Sartre and de Beauvoir Encounter the Pensive Christ
Solveiga Daugirdaitė

The Production of Eimuntas Nekrošius’s Kvadratas as a Palimpsest of Soviet-Era Memory
Loreta Mačianskaitė

The Experiences of One Generation of Soviet Poets, Their Illusions and Choices
Donata Mitaitė

The Art of Compromise in Literary Criticism that Legitimated Soviet-era Modernism
Aušra Jurgutienė

Hermeneutics of Truth and Compromise in Literatures of Other Soviet Republics

Ukrainian Literature of the Late Soviet Period: The History of Three Generations of Poets
Valentyna Kharkhun

State of Emergency Literature: Varlam Shalamov Vs. “Progressive Humanity”
Pavel Arsenev

Reading Literary History through the Archives: The Case of the Latvian Literary Journal Karogs
Eva Eglāja-Kristsone

Hamlet and Folklore as Elements of the Resistance Movement in Estonian Literature
Anneli Mihkelev

Biographical Notes