The Intimate Jokes of

The Intimate Jokes of "Partocentrism" in Milan Kundera’s The Joke and Anchee Min’s Wild Ginger
The Intimate Jokes of "Partocentrism" in Milan Kundera’s The Joke and Anchee Min’s Wild Ginger

Author(s): Panayot Karagyozov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Slavic Research Center

Summary/Abstract: Partocentrism is a neologism following the pattern of such established terms as theocentrism, anthropocentrism, and ethnocentrism, and is meant to express the central role of the Party in social life and literature during the period of Communist totalitarianism. Socialist realism, which gained a “civil statute” and picked up steam after the First Congress of Soviet Writers (1934), was not identical with partocentrism – it was merely a part of it. The Communist partocentrism was a time span dominated by a certain ideology, theme circles, and imagery, while socialist realism was among a multitude of methods for its artistic interpretation.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 163-186
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English