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Mikhail Bakhtin : Between Phenomenology and Marxism

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The language theory of Mikhail Bakhtin does not fall neatly under any single rubric - 'dialogism,' 'marxism,' 'prosaics,' 'authorship' - because the philosophic foundation of his writing rests ambivalently between phenomenology and Marxism. The theoretical tension of these positions creates philosophical impasses in Bakhtin's work, which have been neglected or ignored partly because these impasses are themselves mirrored by the problems of antifoundationalist and materialist tendencies in literary scholarship. In Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism Michael Bernard-Donals examines various incarnations of phenomenological and materialist theory - including the work of Jauss, Fish, Rorty, Althusser, and Pecheux - and places them beside Bakhtin's work, providing a contextualised study of Bakhtin, a critique of the problems of contemporary critics, and an original contribution to literary theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 270g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521466474
  • 9780521466479
  • 1,966,085

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The language theory of Mikhail Bakhtin does not fall neatly under any single rubric--'dialogism, ' 'Marxism, ' 'prosaics, ' 'authorship'--because the philosophic foundation of his writing rests ambivalently between phenomenology and Marxism. The theoretical tension of these positions creates philosophical impasses in Bakhtin's work, which have been neglected or ignored partly because these impasses are themselves mirrored by the problems of antifoundationalist and materialist tendencies in literary scholarship.
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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Problems with formalism; 2. Neo-Kantianism and phenomenology; 3. Reception and hermeneutics: the search for ideology; 4. The Marxist texts; 5. Science and ideology; 6. Science, praxis, and change; 7. Bakhtin, the problem of knowledge and literary studies; bibliography; index.
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"Michael Bernard-Donals has written a thoughtful study..." Slavic Review "Bernard-Donals argues convincingly that Bakhtin has much to offer to a liberatory or Utopian vision of social change. Bernard-Donals's book is therefore a significant contribution to Bakhtin studies, and it succeeds admirably in extending his ideas into novel intellectual domains." Utopian Studies
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