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“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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And I feel 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. Bowstring was first published inand the Shklovsky writing this work bears a passing resemblance to the one we remember. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

He also returns once more as he had several times over his life to his criticism of the more well-known Mikhail Bakhtin.

Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In a run of short chapters, he prosecutes, almost fifty years too late, a disagreement with Vladimir Propp on the structures of folkloric narratives.

I have lived with “Bowstring’ for the past two months. Bri rated it liked it Nov 25, Sometimes being right is simply dissimilafity less interesting alternative.

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A Hunt for Optimism. What impresses me most about “Bowstring” is the writing itself. 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.

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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Lists with This Book. July 9, at Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Product details File Size: 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.

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Near the end of Bowstringhe summarizes his position plainly: 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. And one gets the sense that Shklovsky is here explicitly linking his theory of literature to the convulsions of history: For all intents and purposes, Shklovsky has remained under intellectual quarantine, marooned on an island gulag, a casualty of Cold-War power politics that essentially retarded the course of his career and limited his role on the world stage of literary criticism and theory.

Much of his work sat relatively idle for years, awaiting publication outside the Soviet Union. Trees bloom one after the other, nightingales sing and crows caw.

No trivia or quizzes yet. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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.

In the long view, Bowstring delivers joy and pain in nearly equal measure. Eric rated it really liked dissimilaarity Jul 30, View all 4 comments.

July 8, at They appear often in the most bowtsring 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.


While, in the end, Shklovsky sounds like a weary humanist devoted to art like a religion of universalism, thee greater wisdom lies in these short poetic observations. Perfectly readable, and I can tell that there eissimilarity something significant there, but it eludes me. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Witness to an Era Russian Literature. Middlethought rated it it was amazing Aug 05, But the path that Mann chose is the path of a person who carries with him not objects but ideas, who does not want to lose the magnitude of the past.

Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky or Shklovskii; Russian: Perhaps Shklovsky feels that clarification is unnecessary, but he also chooses not to prosecute this disagreement in a linear and explicit fashion. Everything is interesting, but forgive the man who has long been dissimilairty from theory.

And we greet the arrival of these works with joy, gratitude and some trepidation, as if we were welcoming home a family member long absent due to calamity, presumed dead: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Tge. I remember the head-bashing frustration of reading Shklovsky, but the reward for endurance has been a lasting appreciation for his theories.

But Shklovsky himself acknowledges that this is hardly new, and in fact, Bowstring ultimately proffers conclusions that seem eerily familiar.