ÚSVIT MRTVÝCH. SOCIALISTICKÝ REALISMUS A BALADIČNOST
Dawn of the dead. Socialist Realism and the ballad mode
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The study deals with the ballad as a genre in the official poetry of the peak period of Czech Stalinism (1948 – 1954). It juxtaposes the basic definition of the folk ballad with the contemporary concepts of the folkiness, order and death, it examines the social ballad in the context of the Stalinist interpretation of literary history and in addition to that it draws attention to possible uses of the cantastoria as a tool of political campaign and mocking old order followers. The writer uses a corpus of the contemporary poems to demonstrate the new life of the ballad as a tool of heroicizing the war heroes and demonizing the „Imperialist war provocatuers“, and also the unintentional transition of the ballad stories into the common „literary life“. The offered statements about the collision between the traditional interpretation and the ideological outline of the genre and the new concepts try to look into the relation between the contemporary official poetry and the tradition, the mechanism of adopting old schemes, transforming them and adding new contents to them.
498 – 508
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