This article focuses on the making of the "reader-people" in the post–Korean War North Korean literature, which constitutes the "trinity" of socialist literature: party censorship, party-directed "red" writers, and the people as readers. During the 1950–1960s, the reader-people was defined and organized as a prerequisite of new socialist literature, which emerged through the adaptation process of the Soviet socialist realism to the North Korean context. The making of the reader-people can be understood as the adaptation of the Soviet category of "people-mindedness" (narodnost'), which accompanied both discourses and practices concerning the readers or people. First, the discourses on the concept of readers as well as on the "talents" for the literary productions show how the category of people-mindedness was received. Second, the practices such as promoting people's cultural activities and cultivating popular art forms contributed to the organization of the reader-people as the agency of socialist literature. By the illustration of the making of the reader-people in both theoretical and organizational aspects, this study explains that the indigenization efforts of socialist realism in North Korea were found not only in the ideological framework on literary productions, but also in the organization of the literary community.


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