Mikhail Bakhtin

Mikhail Bakhtin

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This timely and comprehensive collection covers the contribution and significance of the famed Russian social and cultural theorist, Mikhail M. Bakhtin (1895–1975), as well as the work of other central members of the so-called ‘Bakhtin Circle’, especially Voloshinov and Medvedev. The material is organized thematically to provide a contextual basis of Bakhtin's thought and his central influences, including an investigation of the key concepts in Bakhtin's work (such as aesthetics, carnival, dialogism, the chronotope, and ethics); the major debates and interpretations around Bakhtin's writings; comparisons between Bakhtin and other significant sociocultural theorists, notably Foucault, Derrida, Habermas and Gramsci; and appropriations and applications of Bakhtin's ideas in such diverse fields as anthropology, geography, cultural studies and psychology. This unparalleled collection provides readers with the best secondary ...

Editor's Introduction

It is indisputable that the work of the Russian social philosopher and cultural theorist Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895–1975) has left an indelible mark on our intellectual and scholarly landscape. As early as the mid-1980s, this explosion of interest was dubbed the “Bakhtin industry.” At the beginning of the twenty-first century, however, this once hyperbolic phrase now seems woefully inadequate to describe the current state of Bakhtin studies. Indeed, as Carol Adlam has recently commented, “in the English-speaking world alone there has been a virtual cavalcade of work bearing the marks of assimilation and application of [Bakhtinian] tenets.”1 We can allude to many significant indices of this deep and abiding fascination with the ideas of this once relatively-obscure figure. For instance, a series of ...

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