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The tendency to compose literary works chiefly to serve the purpose of propaganda, that is, writing to persuade people to support a particular religious or political cause. Propagandist writing is thus a kind of didactic literature directed toward changing or confirming readers' and audiences' allegiances. In liberal criticism, the term is used disparagingly of left-wing literary forms such as agitprop, socialist realism, or the epic theatre of Brecht, with the suggestion that these are betrayals of true Art.

Subjects: Literature.


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