The Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky's Device through Literary and Policing Practices

  title={The Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky's Device through Literary and Policing Practices},
  author={Cristina Vatulescu},
  journal={Poetics Today},
Critics have frequently accused Russian Formalism of supporting an apolitical separation of art from life. As a central Formalist term, estrangement (ostranenie) often bore the brunt of this accusation. Taking issue with this critique, this essay focuses on the entangled relationship between the aesthetics and politics of estrangement and argues that an attentive look at the history of estrangement reveals its deep involvement with revolutionary and police state politics. This essay traces… Expand
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