Dialogue and Critical Discourse
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Dialogue and Critical Discourse : Language, Culture, Critical Theory

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This interdisciplinary volume of collected, unpublished essays demonstrates the importance of the influential Russian formalist Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning for a wide range of textual problems. The book is organized around three interlocking dimensions of this dialogue: Part I delineates dialogic interactions between voices of a single text; Part II traces such exchanges on an intertextual level; and Part III locates both kinds of exchanges within the dialogue between speakers, authors, and readers. Within this framework, such distinguished scholars as Deborah Tannen, Shirley Brice Heath, and John Searle address questions including rhetorical models for the establishment and exercise of political power, intimacy and understanding in literary speech, polyphonic narrative forms, the relationship between conversational and literary discourse, and the issue of literature as social action. The essays argue for a redefinition of literary meaning - one that is communal, interactive, and vocatively created. They demonstrate that literary meaning is not rendered by a single narrator, nor even by a solitary author, but is incrementally constructed and exchanged.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 16.3mm | 686.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195070631
  • 9780195070637

About Michael S. Macovski

Michael Macovski is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Dialogue and Literature: Apostrophe, Auditors, and the Collapse of Romantic Discourse (OUP, 1994), as well as articles on Emily Bronte, Lord Byron, and the history of publishing."show more

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The pentad of items in the title covers many bases, and so is at once impressive and defensive ... Every paper in the collection will be of interest to one kind of reader or another ... a valuable addition to discourse and Bakhtin studies. * Michael Toolan, Social Semiotics, Vol 9, No 3, 1999 *show more