Samizdat Literature Criticism: History And Development - Essay

Dietrich A. Loeber (essay date 1974)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Loeber, Dietrich A. “Samizdat under Soviet Law.”1 In Contemporary Soviet Law: Essays in Honor of John N. Hazard, edited by Donald D. Barry, William E. Butler, and George Ginsburgs, pp. 84-123. The Hague, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 1974.

[In the following essay, Loeber outlines in detail the procedure for publishing materials in the Soviet Union and then presents an account of the legal aspects of samizdat literature in this context, including excerpts from the Soviet constitution and copyright law.]

Publishing is normally performed by state or cooperative agencies in the Soviet Union. Individual citizens are not supposed to engage in such...

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Michael Meerson-Aksenov (essay date 1977)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Meerson-Aksenov, Michael. “The Dissident Movement and Samizdat.” In The Political, Social and Religious Thought of Russian “Samizdat”—An Anthology, edited by Michael Meerson-Aksenov, Boris Shragin, and Nickolas Lupinin, pp. 19-43. Belmont, Mass.: Nordland Publishing Company, 1977.

[In the following essay, Meerson-Aksenov describes the phenomenon of the samizdat in the context of dissident ideologies of Soviet society, noting that an understanding of Soviet culture and polity is a crucial key that helps one understand the samizdat.]

The dissident movement and samizdat are two sides of the very same process which may be called the...

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D. Pospielovsky (essay date 1978)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Pospielovsky, D. “From Gosizdat to Samizdat and Tamizdat.Canadian Slavonic Papers 20 (1978): 44-62.

[In the following essay, Pospielovsky traces the historical and intellectual development of underground Russian literature in the 1970s, making distinctions between the literature of the gosizdat, published by official Soviet publishing houses, the samizdat, which was writing unapproved by and produced independently of the Soviet government, and tamizdat, works that were both denied approval by the Soviet censorship machine, but were published abroad and then smuggled back into the Soviet Union.]

The purpose of this...

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