Theory of Prose by Victor ShklovskyTheory of Prose by Victor Shklovsky

Theory of Prose

byVictor ShklovskyIntroduction byGerald Burns

Perfect | February 1, 1991

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Theory of Prose is one of the twentieth century's most important works of literary theory. It not only anticipates structuralism and poststructuralism, but poses questions about the nature of fiction that are as provocative today as they were in the 1920s. Arguing that writers structure their materials according to artistic principals rather than from attempts to imitate "reality," Shklovsky uses the works of Cervantes, Tolstoy, Sterne, Dickens, and others to give us a new way of thinking about fiction and the world.
Viktor Shklovsky (1893-1984) was an originator and leading theoretician of the Russian Formalist school, and was also active in films and children's literature. Several of his books are available from Dalkey Archive Press, among them Sentimental Journey, Third Factory, and Zoo, or Letters Not about Love.
Title:Theory of ProseFormat:PerfectDimensions:240 pages, 9.01 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Dalkey Archive Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0916583643

ISBN - 13:9780916583644


Editorial Reviews

A rambling, digressive stylist, Shklovsky throws off brilliant apercus on every page.... Like an architect's blueprint, it lays bare the joists and studs that hold up the house of fiction.