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Viktor Shklovsky's 1925 book Theory of Prose might 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 Prose not 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 Prose to fulfill its destiny as a major theoretical work of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780916583644
Translator:
Sher, Benjamin
Author:
Shklovsky, Viktor
Author:
Shklovsky, Victor
Author:
Sher, Benjamin
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Location:
Elmwood Park, IL, USA
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Prose literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
2nd printing with corr.
Series:
Russian literature series
Series Volume:
1-5
Publication Date:
March 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.01x6.00x.69 in. .91 lbs.

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