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  • n. Alternative spelling of Verfremdungseffekt.


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  • The house is haunted, but not by ghosts, unless it's the ghost of a Brechtian furniture maker, because the haunting here is alienating, a verfremdungseffekt poltergeist that makes belongings no longer belong and strips fetishes of their commodities:"What's wrong with the TV?"

    "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link

  • I'd like to think that these dynamite scenes were some covert tribute to Bertolt Brecht's verfremdungseffekt to make the audience feel more like Jacob and Smokey - our laughter at these scurrying, fragile ants onscreen transforms us into wanton gods - but I think it has more to do with the fact that life is funnier when it's a Merrie Melodies skit.

    "MAIN" via Steve in Google Reader

  • This involved, above all, his famous notion of verfremdungseffekt - the 'alienation' or 'estrangement effect' (see box, right).

    Red Pepper


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  • "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)

    March 28, 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.

    December 27, 2007