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If a quick aside to literary theory may be indulged, I’d like to throw out a few ideas about Shklovsky’s Formalism, and thoughts on its use in literary studies.

Russian Formalism evolved from two academic circles; the Moscow Linguistic Circle and the St. Petersburg OPOYAZ (Общество изучения Поэтического Языка) group. Victor Shklovsky (Виктор Борисович Шкловский) was a member of the latter, and his “Art as Technique” (“Искусство как прием” – if you’d prefer to read it in Russian) essay is considered to be a seminal work for Russian Formalism.

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