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.
Theory of Proseby Victor Shklovsky
Theory of Prose is one of the twentieth century's most important works of literary theory. It not only anticipates structuralism and poststructuralism, 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 principals rather than from attempts to imitate "reality," Shklovsky uses the works of Cervantes, Tolstoy, Sterne, Dickens, and others to give us a new way of thinking about fiction and the world.
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.
Meet the Author
Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) was a leading figure in the Russian Formalist movement of the 1920s and had a profound effect on twentieth-century Russian literature. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Zoo, or Letters Not about Love, Third Factory, Theory of Prose, A Sentimental Journey, Energy of Delusion, Literature and Cinematography, and Bowstring.
Gerald Burns is an educator, illustrator, and much-published poet and critic.
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