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socialist realism

n.
A Marxist aesthetic doctrine that seeks to promote the development of socialism through didactic use of literature, art, and music.

socialist realism

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Communist countries, esp formerly) the doctrine that art, literature, etc should present an idealized portrayal of reality, which glorifies the achievements of the Communist Party

so′cialist re′alism


n.
a state-approved style in art or literature that celebrates the worker's life in a socialist country.
[1930–35]

socialist realism

a Marxist-inspired artistic and literary theory or doctrine that calls on art and literature to promote the socialist cause and sees the artist, writer, etc. as a servant of the state or, in the words of Stalin, “the engineer of human souls.”
See also: Art, Communism
Translations

socialist realism

n (Art, Liter) → sozialistischer Realismus
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It was not easy for commentators to shoehorn aristocratically-supported composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky into the Socialist Realist musical canon, and it is the many examples of the 1930s Soviet "re-branding" and appropriation of composers--often tortured, misleading, and sometimes downright funny--that form the heart of this book.
As suggested by the name, the Realist Writers sought to promote a social or socialist realist mode of writing, particularly one focussed upon peace, justice and socialism.
In the fifth chapter, the author focuses on the responses of Jewish American artists who "could not easily or quickly, if at all, internalize the demands the Communist movement placed on them," namely a prescriptive socialist realist art and the rejection of "bourgeois" modernism (142).
East Germany's socialist realist "aesthetic of containment" is described in a discussion of the March 9, 1954 biopic about communist Ernst Thalmann.
Architect Mircea Alifanti, co-author of the most iconic Socialist Realist edifice in Romania (Casa Scinteii), worked surrounded by examples of modernist logic: sectioned radio lamps and brakes from a Delage automobile (Enescu 2006: 221).
9) As with socialist realist literature, studies, where not simply archaeological or descriptive, frequently took a symbological or iconological perspective, with little emphasis placed on the "realist" side of the sotsrealizm equation.
Indeed, one of the final sources, Kabalevsky's programme note for Myaskovsky's Twelfth Symphony, is a remarkable anticipation of later Socialist Realist critical writing, very like that which greeted Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony five years later.
Due to the ideological pressure and the acculturation of Jewish literati, token Jewish characters generally populated literary and other products of the Socialist Realist culture.
Button's primary goal is evidently not to rehabilitate Chinese socialist realist literature, since the evaluation of the "quality" of artistic production is always coined by political and historical limitations.
INDEED, DEINEKA'S RECENT RE-EMERGENCE can perhaps best be explained by the way he helps us to resist not only the waning--if still pervasive--logic of the totalitarian model but the equally pervasive logic of modernism, with its formal condemnation of what Clement Greenberg once called the "vicarious experience and faked sensations" offered by socialist realist works of art.
At 20, he enrolled in the Kiev Art Institute, where his work caught the eye of socialist realist pioneer Isaak Brodskii, who invited him to study at his Russian Academy of Arts in Leningrad.
Founded in 1952 as a 'gift' from Stalin, the building was designed to be an icon of the Socialist Realist style.

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