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The Wisdom of Brainless Knights: Paradox, Dialectics and Literature's Conditions of Possibility

ANLEY, MAXWELL,LYDSTON (2015) The Wisdom of Brainless Knights: Paradox, Dialectics and Literature's Conditions of Possibility. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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This product of doctoral labour is a reappraisal of Russian Formalism. It establishes the convergences between the thought of key Formalists Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Eikhenbaum, Yury Tynianov and German Idealist Philosophers Immanuel Kant and Georg Hegel. The Formalists’ conceptualization of literary art is shown to be consistent with Kant’s programme of practical critique and Hegel’s objective dialectics, albeit without the reductive closures which Kant and Hegel programme into aesthetic theory. On this basis, the Formalists’ dialogue with the Bakhtin School is reconsidered, along with the utility of Formalist critique for how we are to understand the cultural environment of the Soviet 1920s, and the practice of theory in the present context of its own death.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:"Russian Formalism";"Viktor Shklovsky";"Yury Tynianov";"Boris Eikhenbaum";"Mikhail Bakhtin";"Immanuel Kant"; "Georg Hegel"
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Modern Languages and Cultures, School of
Thesis Date:2015
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:04 Mar 2015 15:03

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