Energy Of Delusion Pa

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-09-17
  • Publisher: JOHN MUIR

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One of the greatest literary minds of the twentieth century, Viktor Shklovsky writes the critical equivalent of what Ross Chambers calls "loiterature"#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;writing that roams, playfully digresses, moving freely between the literary work and the world. In Energy of Delusion, a masterpiece that Shklovsky worked on over thirty years, he turns his unique critical sensibility to Tolstoy#xE2;#xAC;"s life and novels, applying the famous "formalist method" he invented in the 1920s to Tolstoy#xE2;#xAC;"s massive body of work, and at the same time taking Tolstoy (as well as Boccaccio, Pushkin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and Turgenev) as a springboard to consider the devices of literature#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;how novels work and what they do. Energy of Delusion provides contemporary readers with a new way of thinking about how great literature is written (and how great criticism might be) that is as timely today as ever.

Author Biography

A leading figure in the Russian Formalist movement of the 1910s and 1920s, Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) had a profound effect on twentieth-century Russian literature and on literary criticism throughout the world. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Third Factory, Theory of Prose, and Zoo, or Letters Not about Love, all available from the Dalkey Archive Press. Over the next few years, Dalkey Archive will also publish the first English language editions of Shklovsky's Hamburg Account, Bowstring, and Lite

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Energy of delusionp. 36
The Decameronp. 70
A brief note on expositions, the beginnings and endings of works - compositionsp. 86
Plot, reversal and story : parody and reinvention of plotp. 110
Differences between novella and sketch : The Sevastopol Sketchesp. 152
The Captain's Daughterp. 164
Everything in life can be montaged - you just need to find the right wayp. 177
The path of Tolstoyp. 205
The writing of Anna Kareninap. 215
Anna Kareninap. 229
The epigraph to Anna Kareninap. 271
The sharep. 282
Resurrectionp. 291
"Strider"p. 311
Hadji Muradp. 325
Dostoevsky's "suddenly"p. 337
Bronze of artp. 348
On the omitted chaptersp. 378
Another note on the beginnings and endings of works - compositionsp. 399
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