Estrangement Revisited: Part I

An issue of: Poetics Today

Estrangement Revisited
Journal Issue Pages: 188 Volume 26, Number 4 Published: 2005 An issue of Poetics Today
Special Issue Editor(s): Meir Sternberg, Svetlana Boym
These two special issues focus on estrangement, a concept that pervades twentieth-century literary study and related fields. Estrangement lies at the heart of human experience in art and life: how the familiar is made strange, perceptible, disturbing, as if never before encountered. Also known as defamiliarization or disautomatization, estrangement originated as a form of literary and poetic theory within Russian formalism in 1917 and was elaborated largely through the work of Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky. In essence, estrangement is a method of analyzing the artfulness, rather than the psychological meaning or logical message, of imaginative works of prose and poetry.

Each essay in these special issues proceeds from a different perspective. Two essays compare the ideas of Shklovsky with those of equally well-known thinkers—such as Hannah Arendt and Mikhail Bakhtin—regarding freedom and aesthetics. Other essays are historical surveys of estrangement theories and their diasporas during the last century. One contributor considers Diderot's views on art alongside certain modern views on poetry. Another discusses estrangement as seen in the visual artwork of the Russian painter and art theoretician Kazimir Malevich. A third contributor explores estrangement in the work of Dostoyevsky. The special issues end with a previously unpublished interview with Shklovsky, who looks back on a long and troubled career, speaking his mind about literary issues, Communist oppression, and friends and enemies, including Stalin.

Contributors. Svetlana Boym, Marietta Chudakova, Jacob Edmond, Caryl Emerson, Michael Holquist, Anna Wexler Katsnelson, Ilya Kliger, Nancy Ruttenburg, Greta N. Slobin, Tatiana Smoliarova, Meir Sternberg, Galin Tihanov, Cristina Vatulescu

Meir Sternberg is Professor of Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University. Svetlana Boym is Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Harvard University.


To subscribe to this journal visit the Poetics Today page.

Price: $15.00
Request a desk or exam copy

Table of Contents Back to Top

Estrangement Revisited (I)

1. Acknowledgments–The Editors

2. Poetics and Politics of Estrangement: Victor Shklovsky and Hannah Arendt–Svetlana Boym, Harvard

3. Minding the Gap: Toward a Historical Poetics of Estrangement–Michael Holquist and Ilya Kliger, Yale

4. Shklovsky’s ostranenie, Bakhtin’s vnenakhodimost’ (How Distance Serves an

Aesthetics of Arousal Differently from an Aesthetics Based on Pain)–Caryl Emerson, Princeton

5. The Politics of Estrangement: The Case of the Early Shklovsky–Galin Tihanov, Lancaster

6. Why the First-Wave Russian Literary Diaspora Embraced Shklovskian Estrangement–Greta N. Slobin, Wesleyan

7. Dostoevsky’s Estrangement–Nancy Ruttenburg, NYU

8. Notes on Contributors

Estrangement Revisited (II)

9. Acknowledgments–The Editors

10. Distortion and Theatricality: Estrangement in Diderot and Shklovsky–Tatiana Smoliarova, Columbia

11. The Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky’s Device through Literary and Policing Practices–Cristina Vatulescu, Harvard

12. My Leader, Myself ? Pictorial Estrangement and Aesopian Language in the Late Work of Kazimir Malevich–Anna Wexler Katsnelson, Harvard

13. Lyn Hejinian and Russian Estrangement–Jacob Edmond, Otago

14. Telling in Time (III): Chronology, Estrangement, and Stories of Literary History–Meir Sternberg,Tel Aviv

15. Conversation with Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky, January 9, 1981–Marietta Chudakova, Moscow

16. Notes on Contributors

Additional InformationBack to Top
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6664-5