STALIN, PANEGYRISTS, AND THE LAW OF QUANTITATIVE CHANGES INTO QUALITATIVE ONES
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As peculiar figures of social-realist panegyrics, Stalin and other leaders of communist parties set up a new literary genre, namely the soc-panegyric. Out of the ten mechanisms that through centuries praised kings or princes being topos of affected modesty, worldwide range of feelings, solar symbolism of power, praising and surpassing, theology of history as the power lifting the ruler, black-and-white picture of history, elevation even at the cost of contradictions, arbitrary selection of facts, 'fact-making' power of interpretation of events, and denial of exaggeration as its authentication, only the latter was not used by soc-panegyrists. It can most probably be explained with the fact that unsurpassed intensity of Stalinist terror blocked this mechanism which made way to most considerable threat to deconventionalization of the panegyric as well as the cult of which it was a part.
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