The Politics of literature: Poland 1945-89


Tighe, Carl 1989. The Politics of literature: Poland 1945-89. University of Wales Press.
AuthorsTighe, Carl


This study explores the relationship between literature and politics. It asks what literature can tell us about politics, and it does so by exploring Polish literary-political culture in the years 1945-89. During these years the Communist Party, for all its opposite intent, preserved the power of the word and the moral and political position of writers at a time when in western Europe and America writers were no longer taken very seriously as political commentators. This was a period when writers in Poland occupied a position of great moral authority. Many believed that, in spite of Soviet power, an independent Polish socialism was a possibility, and that even if they were not able to shake off the power of Moscow they might still be able to turn communism into a force for good.

KeywordsPoland; Literature
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Publication dates1989
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Deposited31 May 2012, 11:20
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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