Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1956 |

Organized Violence

Russian Formalism, History-Doctrine by Victor Erlich. Mouton and Co. $6.50. The Russian Formalist movement has for the most part remained unknown in America. With the exception of a few technical articles in Slavic and linguistic journals, there has been hardly any mention in English of the work of a group of intellectuals who, from 1915 until about 1930, were attempting to deal systematically with many of the problems only currently beginning to loom on the horizon of American criticism. Roman Jakobson, one of the founders of the Moscow group now at Harvard, is well known in this country to Slavicists and structural linguists alike. But only recently has his critical theory begun to come under attention here. Indeed, the very fact of the existence of a well-defined movement has emerged, for most of us, only from the vague inference that there must have been something concrete against which the general Soviet male-dictum "Formalist" was originally propounded. The publication

Already have an account? Login

Join KR for even more to read.

Register for a free account to read five free pieces a month from our current issue and digital archive.
Register for Free and Read This Piece



Or become a subscriber today and get complete, immediate access to our digital archives at every subscription level.
John Hollander was the author of numerous books of poetry. His first, A Crackling of Thorns, was chosen by W.H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He also wrote criticism, including the award-winning Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse and The Work of Poetry, and edited or coedited twenty-two collections, among them The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, and American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. Before his death in August, 2013 he was Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale University.

Read More

Catullus

By John Hollander

Russian Formalism, History-Doctrine by Victor Erlich. Mouton and Co. $6.50. The Russian Formalist movement has for the most part remained unknown in America. With the exception of a few technical […]

Past Reason Hunted

By John Hollander

Russian Formalism, History-Doctrine by Victor Erlich. Mouton and Co. $6.50. The Russian Formalist movement has for the most part remained unknown in America. With the exception of a few technical […]

Subscribe

Your free registration with Kenyon review incudes access to exclusive content, early access to program registration, and more.

Donate

With your support, we’ll continue 
to cultivate talent and publish extraordinary literature from diverse voices around the world.