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Russian Formalism

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Russian Formalism

A Metapoetics

Peter Steiner

278 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9780801417108
Cornell University Press

Russian Formalism, one of the twentieth century's most important movements in literary criticism, has received far less attention than most of its rivals. Examining Formalism in light of more recent developments in literary theory, Peter Steiner here offers the most comprehensive critique of Formalism to date. Steiner studies the work of the Formalists in terms of the major tropes that characterized their thought. He first considers those theorists who viewed a literary work as a mechanism, an organism, or a system. He then turns to those who sought to reduce literature to its most basic element—language—and who consequently replaced poetics with linguistics. Throughout, Steiner elucidates the basic principles of the Formalists and explores their contributions to the study of poetics, literary history, the theory of literary genre, and prosody. Russian Formalism is an authoritative introduction to the movement that was a major precursor of contemporary critical thought.

About the Author

Peter Steiner is Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Russian Formalism: A Metapoetics, also from Cornell.

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