Theory of Prose

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Viktor Shklovsky's 1925 book Theory of Prosemight have become the most important work of literary criticism in the twentieth century had not two obstacles barred its way: the crackdown by Soviet dictatorship on Shklovsky and other Russian Formalists in the 1930s, and the unavailability of an English translation. Now translated in its entirety for the first time, Theory of Prosenot only anticipates structuralism and post-structuralism, but poses questions about the nature of fiction that are as provocative today ...

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Viktor Shklovsky's 1925 book Theory of Prosemight have become the most important work of literary criticism in the twentieth century had not two obstacles barred its way: the crackdown by Soviet dictatorship on Shklovsky and other Russian Formalists in the 1930s, and the unavailability of an English translation. Now translated in its entirety for the first time, Theory of Prosenot only anticipates structuralism and post-structuralism, but poses questions about the nature of fiction that are as provocative today as they were in the 1920s. Arguing that writers structure their materials according to artistic principles rather than from attempts to imitate "reality," Shklovsky uses Cervantes, Tolstoi, Sterne, Dickens, Bely, and Rozanov to give us a new way of thinking about fiction and, in his most impassioned moments, about the world. Benjamin Sher's lucid translation will allow Shklovsky's Theory of Proseto fulfill its destiny as a major theoretical work of the twentieth century.

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Michael Dirda

A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant apercus on every page.... Like an architect's blueprint, it lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction.

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This 1929 book by one of the founding fathers of Russian formalism is one of the most important works in the history of literary theory.

Choice

This 1929 book by one of the founding fathers of Russian formalism is one of the most important works in the history of literary theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916583644
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky (or Shklovskii) was a Russian and Soviet critic, writer, and pamphleteer.

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