By Douglas Robinson
Drawing jointly the estrangement theories of Viktor Shklovsky and Bertolt Brecht with Leo Tolstoy's idea of an infection, Douglas Robinson reviews the ways that shared evaluative impact regulates either literary familiarity―convention and tradition―and glossy innovations of alienation, depersonalization, and malaise.
This booklet starts with assumptions, either taken from Tolstoy's overdue aesthetic treatise What Is artwork? (1898): that there's a malaise in tradition, and that literature's strength to "infect" readers with the ethical values of the writer is a potential remedy for this malaise. Exploring those principles of estrangement in the contexts of prior, modern, and later serious thought, Robinson argues that Shklovsky and Brecht stick with Tolstoy of their efforts to struggle depersonalization by way of imbuing readers with the transformative information of collectivized feeling. Robinson's somatic method of literature deals a robust substitute to depersonalizing structuralist and poststructuralist theorization with out easily chickening out into conservative rejection and reaction.
Both a comparative examine of Russian and German literary-theoretical background and an insightful exam of the somatics of literature, this groundbreaking paintings offers a deeper figuring out of the way literature impacts the reader and gives a brand new viewpoint on present-day difficulties in poststructuralist methods to the human condition.
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