“The Theory of the ‘Formal Method'”1 provides an admirable overview of the work of the Russian Formalists. Boris Eichenbaum joined the Opoyaz group shortly. In “The Theory of the ‘Formal Method”’, written in , the author. Boris Eichenbaum outlines and explains the evolution of the Russian For- malist movement. Selection from The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, edition,

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Return to Book Page. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His System, the basis of the American “Method”, is built around the theory that to completely deceive the audience, the actor must suspend their own disbelief and onstage become the character they are.

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eichenbbaum His chief purpose here, is to show how the formal method, by gradually evolving and broadening its field of research, spread beyond the usual methodological limits and became a special science of literature, a specific ordering of facts.

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Eichenbaum, lastly, says that for formalism, theory and history merge not only in words but also in facts. Alfred marked it as to-read Sep 24, MIT Press,p. Eichenbaum described the history of Russian Formalism as a movement from text-centered theories to historical theories of literature in its social context.

Summary of The Pianist words – 2 pages The Pianist Summary From tothe world merely watched while six million Jews were viciously executed by the Nazis. Eichen- baum says that for Formalists, theory and history merge not only in words but also in facts. This vanishing point is located on the windows right behind Jesus Christ.

The Theory of the “Formal Method”

No trivia or quizzes yet. Single device is applicable in various materials in differentiating different techniques: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Formalists passed through various states.


The crux of the issue is that Formalism puts the spotlight on the artistic work, not the audience or author or society or history or etc. He says that he is not concerned with definitions nor does he intend to argue formalist position. He however agrees with the opponents that, in Formalism, there is no strict methodology. The Theory of the Formal Method by Boris Eichenbaum Eichenbaum is one of the great members of Russian Formalism who tried to systematize formalist principle to set up a theory.

That said, the points are persuasive.

Formal Government Policies to Deal with the Slums of Egypt words – 7 pages The formal governmental policies discussed above were solutions to housing problems, in euchenbaum, used by the government rather than the solution to alleviate informal settlements specifically of their predicament.

The emphasis on the inextricable relationship between rhythm and syntax and their independence became the leitmotif of the Formalist study of verse in the mid-twenties. Get inspired and start your paper now!

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Never in the history of the world had man kind experienced such evil against one class of people. Art may be made from reality, but it launches off into space to exist in its own universe, and any attempt yheory ground it is folly. Log in No account? A work of literature uses techniques with distinct and observable functions.

The Theory of the Formal Method by Boris Eichenbaum

Be the first to ask a question about The Theory of the “Formal Method”. We had to turn to facts and,abandoning general systems and problems,to begin “in the middle,” with the facts which arts forced upon us. A thoughtful and cultivated student of Borie literature, combining an acute sense of contemporaneity with certain scholarly detachment, Eichenbaum entered Russian literary criticism without any definite esthetic commitments.


I read this in an attempt to better understand the roots and development of Russian Formalism, but ended up only slightly more eichenbauk and even a bit more confused.

This paper is a summary of the story eihenbaum my point of view. It was indeed Theor, with its cult of craftsmanship, that helped Eichenbaum to grasp the peculiar nature of poetic language and to realize that ” verse is born from the need to concentrate attention on the word, to take a close look at it, to play with it ”. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Mia added it Sep 15, For the Formalists, the object of the science of literature is not literature but literariness.

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To conclude, following points can be extracted:. Thus, allowing the Formalists to concen- trate on concrete problems of aesthetics by ignoring beauty, aims of art etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Prior academic research ignored the- oretical problems and deprecated itself by relying on antiquated aesthetic, psychological and historical axioms.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Russian Formalism is there fore objective, scientific and timely to study literature systematically.