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Unformatted text preview: become stagnant, artists must strive to invent new strategies to slow the reader down, to disorient, or defamiliarize him or her. At all costs, art must avoid the audience being able to make sense of the whole aesthetic experience from a small selection of details. Formalists place an ethical duty on the shoulders of the artist to innovate and roughen poetic language. It is the journey through the text and not arriving at its ultimate destination which makes literature valuable and important. Works Cited Shlovsky, Victor. "Art as Technique" The Critical Tradition. Ed., David H. Richter, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989....
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