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Russian formalist criticism: four essays

Russian formalist criticism: four essays

Ėĭkhenbaum, Boris Mikhaĭlovich, 1886-1959; Shklovskiĭ, Viktor Borisovich, 1893-1984; Tomashevskiĭ, B. V. (Boris Viktorovich), 1890-1957

"Some of the most important literary theory of this century." - College English Russian formalists emerged from the Russian Revolution with ideas about the independence of literature. They enjoyed that independence until Stalin shut them down. By then they had produced essays that remain among the best defenses ever written for both literature and its theory. Included here are four essays representing key points in the formalistsÆ short history. Victor ScklovskyÆs pathbreaking "Art as Technique" (1917) vindicates disorder in literary style. His 1921 essay on Tristram Shandy makes that eccentric novel the centerpiece for a theory of narrative. A section from TomashevskyÆs "Thematics" (1925) inventories the elements of stories. In "The Theory of the æFormal MethodÆ" (1927) Boris Eichenbaum defends Russian formalism from many attacks. An able champion, he describes formalismÆs evolution, notes its major workers and works, clears away decayed axioms, and rescues literature from "primitive historicism" and other dangers. These essays set a course for literary studies that led to Prague structuralism, French semiotics, and postmodern poetics. Russian Formalist Criticism has been honored as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year by the American Library Association

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Published Lincoln, [Neb].; London: University of Nebraska Press, 1965
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Statement of responsibility: translated and with an introduction by Lee T. Lemon and Marion J. Reis
ISBN: 0803254601, 9780803254602
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Authors, Victor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky and Boris Eichenbaum.
Language note: Translated from the Russian.
Physical Description: xvii, 143 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Series: Regents critics series
Subject: Critical Theory; Formalism (Literary analysis)