Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948)
Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948)
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Transliteration and Mongolian Names
Chapter One: Prefiguring 1921
Chapter Two: Staging a Revolution
Chapter Three: Landscape Re-envisioned
Chapter Four: Leftward Together
Chapter Five: Society in Flux
Chapter Six: Negotiating Faith
Chapter Seven: Life and its Value
Chapter Eight: The Great Opportunistic Repression
Chapter Nine: A Closer Union
Appendix: Brief Biographies of Writers

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"Simon Wickhamsmith’s Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921–1948) makes an important contribution to our understanding of Mongolian literature in the first three decades of the Mongolian People’s Republic."
- Phillip Marzluf, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 82, No. 1

Simon Wickhamsmith

Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948)

Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948) investigates the relationship between literature and politics during Mongolia’s early revolutionary period. Between the 1921 socialist revolution and the first Writers’ Congress held in April 1948, the literary community constituted a key resource in the formation and implementation of policy. At the same time, debates within the party, discontent among the population, and questions of religion and tradition led to personal and ideological conflict among the intelligentsia and, in many cases, to trials and executions. Using primary texts, many of them translated into English for the first time, Simon Wickhamsmith shows the role played by the literary arts — poetry, fiction and drama — in the complex development of the ‘new society’, helping to bring Mongolia’s nomadic herding population into the utopia of equality, industrial progress and social well-being promised by the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party.
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Simon Wickhamsmith

Simon Wickhamsmith is a scholar and translator of modern Mongolian literature. He teaches in the Writing Program and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University.