Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays

Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays

Paperback University of Texas Press Slavic Series Language: English / Russian

By (author) M. M. Bakhtin, Edited by Michael Holquist, Translated by Caryl Emerson

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Paperback | 477 pages
  • Language: English / Russian
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 28mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1983
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 029271534X
  • ISBN 13: 9780292715349
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 29,042

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These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) - known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevsky - 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. This volume also contains a lengthy introduction to Bakhtin and his thought and a glossary of terminology. Bakhtin uses the category 'novel' 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, 'novelness', which he discusses in "From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse". Two essays, "Epic and Novel" and "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel", 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 'languages' in battle with one another. Michael Holquist is professor and chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages at Indiana University in Bloomington. Caryl Emerson is assistant professor of Russian language and literature at Cornell University.

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"The translation is a remarkable accomplishment ... the editing is flawless; and the introductory essay by Holquist is superb." - Edward Wasiolek, Comparative Literature

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsA Note on TranslationIntroductionEpic and NovelFrom the Prehistory of Novelistic DiscourseForms of Time and of the Chronotope in the NovelDiscourse in the NovelGlossaryIndex