Verfremdungseffekt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Verfremdungseffekt.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɜːˈfɹɛmduŋsəˌfɛkt/

Noun[edit]

Verfremdungseffekt (plural Verfremdungseffekte)

  1. Brecht's alienation effect, sometimes translated as the estrangement effect.
  2. (theater) Distance between the audience and the performers.
  3. (theoretical) greying out, distinct elements blend to become one - a greying out.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1997 Clive Barker, Simon Trussler New Theatre Quarterly 50
    " Brecht's famous Verfremdungseffekte or "alienation effect", intended to counter the magical associations of stage illusion and the tendency for spellbound audiences to identify emotionally with characters on stage, both of which Brecht found abhorrent." [1]

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