"For years I've dreamed of using Bertolt Brecht's million-dollar word ``verfremdungseffekt'' in a modest book review, and now I've found the perfect excuse. Anna Lawrence Pietroni puts verfremdungseffekt to extremely good use in her creepy, complex first novel (Ruby's Spoon). This ``distancing effect,'' as it is often translated, is introduced to jolt playgoers back into mundane reality when things onstage get a little too intense." (Carolyn See, Washintgon Post, March 26, 2010)
Used by Brecht in his theatre. The effect of "alienation" seeks to destroy the theatrical illusion and keep the spectator aware that he is watching a dramatic (and didactic) work and should not become emotionally involved in it.