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Book chapter

Shklovsky as a Technique: Literary Theory and the Biographical Strategies of a Soviet Intellectual

P. 219-235.

In the history of Soviet culture, Viktor Shklovsky achieved far more than the status of original theoretician, keen critic and writer who was able to produce literature corresponding to stylistic, or generic, goals he articulated himself. Above all, he constituted a unique and, at the same time, paradigmatic type of Soviet intellectual. This intellectual type was shaped by the extraordinarily severe demands for cultural and political adaptation (and assimilation) dictated by his times.