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Illusion and Reality: the Spectre of Socialist Realism in Thirties literature

TheliterarycultureofthethirtiessometimessuggestsananarchicSpeakers' Comer:anywriterabletoputpentopaperappearstohavehadmusings, complaintsandanalysesspeedilypublished.Opinions,itseems,wereasregularlyproducedaspoems.Thepreferred(andcertainlythemostaccessible) soapboxesforsuchpronouncementswereperiodicalsandweeklies,some alreadyestablished,othersworkedupinresponsetothedecade'sliterary andpoliticalimperatives.Thesejournalsprovidedswiftaccesstosometimes small,butoftenwell-definedaudiences,enablingvigorousconsiderationof theinterplaybetweenliteratureandpolitics.Periodicalsallowedforrapid debateoncrucialmattersofthemoment,matterswhichmightdevelopin waysunforeseenbycriticsandwriters.Freefromtherevisionsofhindsight, positionsputforwardinperiodicalsoffervaluablecontemporaryrecords withwhichtoconsiderimportant,thoughoftenshort-lived,disputes.