“Myths do not flow through the pipes of history,” writes Viktor Shklovsky, “they change and splinter, they contrast and refute one another. The similar turns out to . Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar. Viktor Shklovsky. Dalkey Archive, $ trade paper (p) ISBN And this is the upshot of Bowstring’s subtitle, On the Dissimilarity of the Similar: new works of art preserve the outmoded genre conventions.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It has been needlessly prolonged and it lacks in emotion.

The book allows us to take the measure of lf Formalism, and, like all great books, it takes the measure of us. Well, I felt as if I had to print this review in order to stand a chance at grasping the material. Enabled Similar books to Bowstring: The text is strange: What impresses me most about “Bowstring” is the writing itself.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. For Shklovsky, literary works were not documents of social history or human psychology; they were neither comedies nor tragedies. Not Enabled Screen Reader: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Everything is interesting, but forgive the man who has long been absent from theory. In this run of paragraphs, Shklovsky skips from Othello to The Merchant of Venice to, eventually, Romeo and Julietonly grazing the evidence that shores up his assessment.

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Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar by Victor Shklovsky

Jason Waldrop rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Further, in aggregate, the work is a manifesto of sorts—a little wistful, a bit opaque—about the purpose and processes of literature. The past and the present, like texts and contexts, are densely interwoven, impossible to disentangle. But deep changes have been wrought in the man, and the book reads as a revision, inclining to a recantation, of several of his most influential ideas. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.


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Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar

And I dissimiladity as if I can go forward to reading The Theory of Prose with a much better sense of where it fits in the larger scheme of theory. And Shklovsky presses this relation farther; he writes. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The method, here, is less rigidly juxtapositional than searingly prismatic; instead of side-by-side comparison, shimmering palimpsest.

However, Shklovsky discusses very candidly the faulty premises on which he had founded his interpretive house. Rather, Shklovsky counters Tolstoy whom he reveres, naturally, as an artist and countryman by indirection; he mounts a cumulative assault that emerges as he careers idiosyncratically through the annals of world literature.

Some of the best bits in the book were: For the literary scholar, the centerpiece of the book bowstrinv Shklovsky’s continual reappraisal of his earliest ideas as one of the architects of formalist poetics; the id I came to this book after having read Silvija Jestrovic’s “Theatre of Estrangement.

He zimilar the way the love poem draws on the conventions of classical rhetoric to find its form, producing an unusual combination, a linguistic fusion of the public and the private, the impersonal and the personal, the high and the low, the old and the new. He stacks his observations side by side, rapidly tne the focus, often requiring readers to infer the connections—rather like a man laying out cards in a game of Solitaire.

Stephen rated it it was amazing Aug 10, In BowstringShklovsky seriously modifies, and in some cases disavows, many of the core principles that constitute Formalist theory.


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But we should remember that Shklovsky attributed a tne humane and benevolent purpose to the virtuosic machinery of literature: Too subtle for me — and I’m not being snide.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Sometimes being right is simply the less interesting alternative. They appear often in the most unexpected place; pulling you out of a long recapitulations of Thomas Mann’s novel dissimilarty the Biblical Joseph or one of the author’s many lengthy discussions about the value of art, its social function in recuperating the dissimilar within the similar.

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In fact, it was because of these sorts of prizes that I read the entire book. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The weather is pleasant, but everyone is walking dressed up in academic clothes. If the early Shklovksy is faulted for ignoring the importance of sentiment in art, the limitations of Bakhtin stemmed from too much fondness in his own ideas at the expense of a commonsense reading of his sources.

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In large part, the recuperation of fabula and the modification of estrangement require Shklovsky to account for the historicity of literary texts, their relations to their immediate historical contexts. Lists with This Book. I am getting acquainted. Alisa rated it it was amazing Mar 10, May 21, Michael marked it as abandoned Shelves: His compositional method is one dsisimilarity willful juxtaposition, strategically withholding the connective tissue that binds the observations together in the manner of a conventional argument.

The similar turns out to be dissimilar.