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Police AestheticsLiterature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times$
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Cristina Vatulescu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760805

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.001.0001

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Literary Theory and the Secret Police: Writing and Estranging the Self

Literary Theory and the Secret Police: Writing and Estranging the Self

(p.161) Chapter Five Literary Theory and the Secret Police: Writing and Estranging the Self
Police Aesthetics
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This chapter, which examines the relationship between literary theory and the secret police through an analysis of the concept of estrangement, explores the works of Viktor Shklovsky and Nicolae Steinhardt and discusses secret police interrogation and reeducation practices. It suggests that artistic estrangement was gradually politicized and radically modified through its entanglements with secret police estrangement, and also describes the impact of secret police practices and files on both literary theory and first-person narratives.

Keywords:   literary theory, secret police, estrangement, Viktor Shklovsky, Nicolae Steinhardt, police interrogation, reeducation practices, first-person narratives

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