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

By M. M. Bakhtin

These essays demonstrate Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known within the West mostly via his stories of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a thinker of language, a cultural historian, and an immense theoretician of the unconventional. The Dialogic Imagination provides, in magnificent English translation, 4 choices from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), released in Moscow in 1975. the quantity additionally features a long advent to Bakhtin and his concept and a word list of terminology.

Bakhtin makes use of the class "novel" in a hugely idiosyncratic means, claiming for it significantly greater territory than has been generally permitted. For him, the radical isn't really quite a bit 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 approach. within the ultimate essay, he discusses literature and language in most cases, which he sees as stratified, continuously altering structures of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented "languages" in conflict with one another.

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