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Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse

20th Century Experience

Editor(s): Irma Ratiani

Book Description

The collection Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse represents selected proceedings from the conference, Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse: 20th Century Experience, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in October 2009. The Tbilisi conference pioneered scholarly inquiry into post-Soviet space, which evaluated political and cultural realia, emphasizing the challenges facing literature and culture in totalitarian strangleholds, various kinds of ideological diktat, their possible forms and consequences. The Soviet type of totalitarianism was especially accentuated.

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, full comprehension of the process of Sovietization has become possible, and in the field of literary studies scholars have worked on a number of issues: assessing conceptual and motivational models of Soviet-period texts; demonstrating the reaction of literary discourse to intellectual terror and systematizing alternative models offered by anti-Soviet discourse; exhibiting the myths and stereotypes of the totalitarian epoch; and classifying literary genres.

The collection Soviet Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse has gathered papers by scholars from almost all of the post-Soviet states, as well as of some other countries. It is a first attempt to solve the above-mentioned issues and offers a wide array of questions.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3445-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3445-9
Date of Publication: 01/12/2011
Pages / Size: 515 / A5
Price: £54.99


Irma Ratiani is Professor at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Chairperson of the Department of General and Comparative Literary Studies, Director of the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature and President of the Georgian Comparative Literature Association. Her research interests include literary theory, and comparative literature in a wider cultural context. She is the author of several monographs, books, textbooks and over 70 articles. For more information, please visit