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The Female Breast—Defamiliarized

  Early in the 20th century, the Russian formalist, Victor Schklovskii, coined the term “defamiliarization” for designating one of the things that literature does (that is, it makes what is familiar unfamiliar ).  David Mikics, in his excellent reference, A New Handbook of Literary Terms … Continue reading

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Russian Formalist, Victor Shklovsky, on DEFAMILIARIZATION as One of the Essential Roles of Art and Literature (1917)

Victor Shklovsky coined the term “defamiliarization” to describe the role that art and literature can play in turning us around in the world (so that we see things with fresh eyes): Habituation devours works, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the … Continue reading

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A Victor Shklovsky Defamiliarization Gesture: The Bust of Caesar Set Alongside the Bust of a Woman

    The Caesar bust is at the Huntington Library in California; the female bust is by Renoir.

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