Viktor Shklovsky

1893 - 1984

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Viktor Borisovich Shklovsky (Russian: Ви́ктор Бори́сович Шкло́вский, IPA: [ˈʂklofskʲɪj]; 24 January [O.S. 12 January] 1893 – 6 December 1984) was a Russian and Soviet literary theorist, critic, writer, and pamphleteer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Shklovsky has received more than 242,382 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Viktor Shklovsky is the 741st most popular writer (up from 769th in 2019), the 244th most popular biography from Russia (up from 247th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Russian Writer.

Shklovsky is most famous for his theory of ostranenie, or defamiliarization. This theory is a way of looking at art and literature as a means of seeing the world in a new way.

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Among writers, Viktor Shklovsky ranks 741 out of 5,794Before him are Yanka Kupala, Muriel Spark, Hans Fallada, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Maurice Denis, and Theodore the Studite. After him are Hugo Ball, Ali Shariati, Mahmoud Darwish, Joseph Campbell, Tony Buzan, and Mikael Agricola.

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Among people born in 1893, Viktor Shklovsky ranks 29Before him are Hattie McDaniel, Omar Bradley, Damdin Sükhbaatar, Paramahansa Yogananda, Prajadhipok, and Hans Fallada. After him are Palmiro Togliatti, Fritz Perls, Leslie Howard, Lillian Gish, Juana Bormann, and Jomo Kenyatta. Among people deceased in 1984, Viktor Shklovsky ranks 24Before him are Alfred Kastler, Mohamed Naguib, Karl Wolff, Sam Peckinpah, Pyotr Kapitsa, and Stanley Milgram. After him are Philippe Ariès, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Martin Ryle, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Dmitry Ustinov, and Karl Rahner.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Viktor Shklovsky ranks 244 out of 2,688Before him are Pharnaces II of Pontus (-95), Yevdokiya Lopukhina (1669), Dmitri Ivanovsky (1864), Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863), Armin Mueller-Stahl (1930), and Anastasia Romanovna (1530). After him are Alexander Blok (1880), Feodor Chaliapin (1873), Nikolai Kondratiev (1892), Gustav Bauer (1870), Michel Fokine (1880), and Aleksandr Ulyanov (1866).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Viktor Shklovsky ranks 29Before him are Abai Qunanbaiuly (1845), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Ivan Bunin (1870), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Alexander Herzen (1812), and Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828). After him are Alexander Blok (1880), Arthur Adamov (1908), Nikolay Karamzin (1766), Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Alexander Griboyedov (1795), and Varlam Shalamov (1907).