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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Socialist Realism:

A term used by Marxists to describe literature that accurately depicts and reflects class conflict, that demonstrates the rectitude of the proletarian cause, and that exposes ideological mystification. At its crudest and most propagandistic, Socialist Realism documents bourgeois vices, proletarian virtues, and the glories of the Soviet Union.

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