“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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Alisa rated it it was amazing Mar 10, But here, in my own account of having read Shklovsky’s book, I just can’t muster the will to go into these more scholastic matters. Mar 15, Dont rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not Enabled Word Wise: What a wonderful, complete review!

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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.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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. I have lived with “Bowstring’ for the past two months. Maybe I’ll try it again when I’m a little older. Inna rated it it was amazing Sep 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

And then, suddenly, one reads: For many North American readers, this is the Shklovsky we know, a Shklovsky we rememberdissimiilarity literary insurrectionist who resides, under lock and key, in a narrow chamber of the past.

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. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Eugene Shimalsky rated it really liked it Jul 29, And this he does. Megan Catherine rated it liked it Feb 26, Bruce, you did such an amazing job with the material that when I read the excerpt from Bowstring below, I felt as if I had already read it.

In thw end, the publication of Bowstring is a major literary event. For example, Shklovsky cites Heraclitus, offering a glimpse of his position regarding the interpretation of individual works: For the literary scholar, the centerpiece of the book is 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.

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Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar by Victor Shklovsky

Sterne, Tolstoy were trying to return the sensation of what? Sara rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Get to Know Us.

He enters his house where his wife, out of temper, insists on nursing their two-year-old child who is too old for such nursing. Parag rated it really liked it Mar 28, No trivia or quizzes yet. Shklovsky argues, albeit obliquely, that art ths through a process of generic mutation: Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar

onn And Shklovsky presses this relation farther; he writes. They appear often in the most unexpected place; pulling you out of a long recapitulations of Thomas Mann’s novel on 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. It might have been enough for him to conclude, as Tzvetan Todorov does when defending Structuralist poetics against the posthumous ire of Henry James, that the distinction between form and content, suzhet and fabulacan be a useful fallacy.


While, in the end, Shklovsky sounds like a weary humanist devoted to art like a religion of universalism, the greater wisdom lies in these short poetic observations.

July 13, at In a run of short chapters, he prosecutes, oof fifty years too late, a disagreement with Vladimir Propp on the structures of folkloric narratives. He discusses Don Quixotein part, as a period piece: View all 4 comments. Bowstring is a brilliant and provocative book that spares no one in its unapologetic project to free art from conventionality.

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There are no discussion topics on this similad yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The book allows us to take the measure of latter-day Formalism, and, like all great books, it takes the measure of us.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. And indeed, these are some of the very charges that have been leveled against Formalist poetics from the start. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book. Having finished it, I feel like I have come to the end of a especially precious day that I know will never be lived again. But in the second half of the book, the fireworks start to fly, the cannons boom, and we better understand the rhyme and reason of Bowstring.

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