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The Anti-utopia in Utopia: The Dilemma of Russian 1920 Comedy Satire

Byongyong Ahn 1

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ABSTRACT

In 1920s, Russian society was unstable and tremendous. After the 1917Revolution, Russian government had initiated "New Economic Policy" embeddedin a partial market system in these times. Also, Russian culture had been exposedto a new trend of culture, for instance, Russian Modernism. In the field of Russianliterature, satirical comedy became very popular. One of famous satirical comedy writers was V. Mayakovsky who was tryingto express his ideal society which consisted of both tensions and harmonies between the old and the new periods. In this context, V. Mayakovsky was recognizedas a poet with futurism who loved to write a comedy expressing social suburbanityand governmental bureaucracy. His two comedies, "Bug" and "Bath" were hisfamous comedies, dealing with Russian modernistic historics and theatricality in1920s. In this article, authors try to look into their artistic characteristics of 1920sRussian literature involving a new trend of social change, for instance, Grotesqueand Tragicomic features. In the same context, this article focused on its innerdilemma of satirical comedy which had been existed in 1920s Russian literature.

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