This book addresses the questions raised by Viktor Shklovskii's paradoxical and allusive statement through an exploration of the circumstances and consequences of his interaction with Laurence Sterne and his novels, proposing a range of models for literary reception.
Introduction 1. The Background to Shklovskii's Reception of Foreign Literature 2. Shklovskii's Reception of the Eighteenth-Century English Novel: Theory 3. Shklovskii Reads Tristram Shandy 4. Literary Reception in Practice 5. Literary History 6. Conclusion