Practice: Literary theory - Currently no debate

Definition:

Literary theory is the study and analysis of literature in general. Narratology can be considered a branch of literary theory.

Related Practice(s):
Narratology


Related Terms:
Alienation

Alienation-effect is a much used distorting translation of Berthold Brecht’s term verfremdungseffekt. This is better translated as distancing-effect, as alienation has, in common use, a phsychological and sociological import that Brecht certainly did not intend. He intended to describe a technique of distancing the audience from intense involvement in the action of a play, in order to encourage and enable them to reflect objectively on the content, themes and messages inherent in that action.