The Dialogic Imagination

The Dialogic Imagination

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These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)a€”known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevskya€”as a philosopher of language, a cultural historian, and a major theoretician of the novel. The Dialogic Imagination presents, in superb English translation, four selections from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), published in Moscow in 1975. The volume also contains a lengthy introduction to Bakhtin and his thought and a glossary of terminology. Bakhtin uses the category qnovelq in a highly idiosyncratic way, claiming for it vastly larger territory than has been traditionally accepted. For him, the novel is not so much a genre as it is a force, qnovelness, q which he discusses in qFrom the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse.q Two essays, qEpic and Novelq and qForms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel, q deal with literary history in Bakhtin's own unorthodox way. In the final essay, he discusses literature and language in general, which he sees as stratified, constantly changing systems of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented qlanguagesq in battle with one another.Four Essays M. M. Bakhtin Michael Holquist ... Hedid notsee the final versionand therefore cannot becharged with any inaccuracies, all of which are our own responsibility. Thanks also to the many scholars from various departmentsanbsp;...

Title:The Dialogic Imagination
Author:M. M. Bakhtin
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-03-01


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