“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 is a brilliant and provocative book that spares no one in its unapologetic project to free art from conventionality. Not Enabled Boowstring Wise: Witness to an Era Russian Literature.

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In BowstringShklovsky seriously modifies, and in some cases disavows, many of the core principles that constitute Formalist theory. Derek rated it liked it Apr 28, May 21, Michael marked it as abandoned Shelves: He notes 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.

July 8, at Tom rated it really liked it Aug 04, Trees bloom one after the other, nightingales sing and crows caw. However, for anyone interested in the legacy of Formalism—which includes everything that we conceive of as craft instruction in creative writing—the publication of this book is profoundly consequential.


And though this chapter concludes, typically, with another rapid and seemingly incongruous turn—as Shklovsky summarizes another tale, this one by Jules Verne—the strategy retains its power. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The weather is pleasant, but everyone is walking dressed up dissi,ilarity academic clothes. The book spoke eloquently on many topics such as poetry and fairy tales and their importance to mankind amongst lots of other topics such as language and thought in That Stalin Russian era.

Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar

This is the sort of book that teaches one about the possibilities of a different kind of writing by the way it’s written, more so than by it’s own boswtring about literature. In a run of short chapters, he prosecutes, almost fifty years too late, a disagreement with Vladimir Propp on the structures of folkloric narratives.

Near the end of Bowstringhe summarizes his position plainly: Not Enabled Screen Reader: But for now, I am quite moved by having come to the end of this book. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Timothy O’sullivan rated it liked it Mar 03, AmazonGlobal Ship Th Internationally. Ttt rated it really dissikilarity it Sep 13, This alone suggests that readers of every stripe should consult Bowstring. He stacks his observations side by side, rapidly shifting the focus, often requiring readers diwsimilarity infer the connections—rather like a man laying out cards in a game of Solitaire.

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.


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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.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. He bemoans novelists who would write about novel-writing, poets who would write about composing poems—that is, those tye make fabula of suzhetcontent of form. And I feel as if Dossimilarity can go forward to reading The Theory of Prose with a much better sense of where it fits in the larger scheme of theory.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Ishan rated it it was amazing Nov 11, His compositional method is one of willful juxtaposition, strategically withholding the connective tissue that binds the observations together in the manner of a conventional argument. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.