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Soldiers on the Cultural FrontDevelopments in the Early History of North Korean Literature and Literary Policy$
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Tatiana Gabroussenko

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833961

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833961.001.0001

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“Let Us Learn from the Soviets”

“Let Us Learn from the Soviets”

(p.13) 1 “Let Us Learn from the Soviets”
Soldiers on the Cultural Front

Tatiana Gabroussenko

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Soviet intellectual influence on North Korean literature in the nascent years of North Korean Communism. It begins with a discussion of Soviet literature in Korea in the late 1940s and early 1950s and goes on to consider the major conventions of Soviet socialist realism developed by the “soldiers on the cultural front” during the Soviet era. It then explores pro-Soviet works of literature produced by North Korean writers in various genres as form of accolades to Soviet–Korean friendship and eulogies to the Soviet liberators and the Soviet way of life. The chapter focuses on two important channels of Soviet influence: Soviet fiction and Ssoryŏn kihaenggi, travelogues written by North Korean intellectuals who visited the Soviet Union in 1946–1955 as members of specially arranged official delegations.

Keywords:   travelogues, North Korea, Soviet literature, socialist realism, Soviet era, Soviet fiction, Ssoryŏn kihaenggi, intellectuals, Soviet Union, North Korean literature

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