Defamiliarization in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Which of these is a literary technique in which the process of writing is itself focused on more than any particular plotline?

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1. Defamiliarization often involves exploring the differences between ___ and ___.

2. Reflexive novels are extended works of prose fiction in which authors bring direct attention to the fact that…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will assess your understanding of the literary technique of defamiliarization. To pass the quiz, you'll need to know the definition and common uses of defamiliarization.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of the following:

  • The meaning of defamiliarization
  • What defamiliarization explores
  • Stream-of-consciousness writing
  • Texts that consciously identify themselves as works of art
  • Reflexive novels

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on defamiliarization in literature
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about reflexive literature in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the techniques used in reflexive novels to create the effect of defamiliarization

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary technique, review the accompanying lesson on Defamiliarization in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define defamiliarization
  • Understand techniques used in the process of defamiliarization, such as stream of consciousness
  • Understand the reasons for using defamiliarization
  • Discuss well-known reflexive novels