“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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Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar by Victor Shklovsky

It allows us to concentrate our attentions in new ways on literary works, to see new facets of their construction, and perhaps this remains the necessary first step before we can synthesize the two poles once more.

July 13, at Lenin, reading Hegel, and of Tolstoy, on Shakespeare. That fact gives the reader fair indication that these pages thd be filled with an old man’s review of the authors, books and ideas that have resided in the years of his life.

It has been needlessly prolonged and it lacks in emotion. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

As Shklovsky experiments with different genres, employing a technique of textual montage, he mixes autobiography, biography, memoir, history, and literary criticism in a book that boldly refutes mechanical repetition, mediocrity, and cultural parochialism in the name of art that dares to be different and innovative.

I have lived with “Bowstring’ for the past two months. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. However, readers are richly compensated for their pains as virtually every page of Bowstring contains a radiant apothegm, a one-sentence koan of arresting power. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.


Not Enabled Screen Reader: I came to this book after having read Silvija Jestrovic’s “Theatre of Estrangement. May 21, Michael marked it as abandoned Shelves: Occasionally it is hard to turn the pages.

He also returns once more as he had several times over his life to his criticism of the more well-known Mikhail Bakhtin. Bruce, you did such an amazing job with the material that when I read the excerpt from Bowstring below, I felt sikilar if I had already read it.

Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar

Everything is interesting, but forgive the man who has long been absent from theory. Louis Stiller rated it really liked it Feb dissimilarify, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Return to Book Page. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. You can hear him talk about fiction writing here. In fact, it was because of these sorts of prizes that I read the entire book.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Set up a giveaway. This book radically alters the legacy of Russian Formalism bowsteing contains abundant rewards for anyone with a vested interest in the art of literature. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Instead, they were best understood as language experiments devised to tactically derange our notions of life and of literature.

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And one gets the sense that Shklovsky is here explicitly linking his theory of literature to the convulsions of history: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The devil, he seems to be chiding the author of “Rabelais and His World” is in the details. He stacks his observations side by side, rapidly shifting the focus, often requiring readers to infer the connections—rather like a man laying out cards in a game of Solitaire.

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Well, I felt as if I had to print this review in order to stand a chance at grasping the material.

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