The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (University of Texas Press Slavic Series)

The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (University of Texas Press Slavic Series)

M. M. Bakhtin


These essays display Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known within the West principally via his stories of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a thinker of language, a cultural historian, and a massive theoretician of the unconventional. The Dialogic Imagination provides, in incredible English translation, 4 choices from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), released in Moscow in 1975. the quantity additionally includes a long advent to Bakhtin and his notion and a thesaurus of terminology.

Bakhtin makes use of the class "novel" in a hugely idiosyncratic method, claiming for it greatly greater territory than has been characteristically approved. For him, the radical isn't rather a lot a style because it is a strength, "novelness," which he discusses in "From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse." essays, "Epic and Novel" and "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope within the Novel," take care of literary historical past in Bakhtin's personal unorthodox manner. within the ultimate essay, he discusses literature and language often, which he sees as stratified, always altering structures of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented "languages" in conflict with one another.

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