9780691050492

The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin

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    9780691050492

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    069105049X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-03-13
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

Among Western critics, Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) needs no introduction. His name has been invoked in literary and cultural studies across the ideological spectrum, from old-fashioned humanist to structuralist to postmodernist. In this candid assessment of his place in Russian and Western thought, Caryl Emerson brings to light what might be unfamiliar to the non-Russian reader: Bakhtin's foundational ideas, forged in the early revolutionary years, yet hardly altered in his lifetime. With the collapse of the Soviet system, a truer sense of Bakhtin's contribution may now be judged in the context of its origins and its contemporary Russian "reclamation." A foremost Bakhtin authority, Caryl Emerson mines extensive Russian sources to explore Bakhtin's reception in Russia, from his earliest publication in 1929 until his death, and his posthumous rediscovery. After a reception-history of Bakhtin's published work, she examines the role of his ideas in the post-Stalinist revival of the Russian literary profession, concentrating on the most provocative rethinkings of three major concepts in his world: dialogue and polyphony; carnival; and "outsideness," a position Bakhtin considered essential to both ethics and aesthetics. Finally, she speculates on the future of Bakhtin's method, which was much more than a tool of criticism: it will "tell you how to teach, write, live, talk, think."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction East Meets West in the Ex-USSR 3(26)
PART ONE: BAKHTIN STUDIES, BAKHTINISTICS, BAKHTINOLOGY 29(94)
The Russians Reclaim Bakhtin, 1975 to the Jubilee
31(42)
The Three Worlds of Mikhail Bakhtin
35(4)
The Post-Stalinist Revival of the Russian Literary Profession
39(9)
The 1990s: The Russian Bakhtin Industry Takes Stock
48(25)
Retrospective: Domestic Reception during Bakhtin's Life
73(50)
Dostoevsky, I (1929)
75(9)
Dostoevsky, II (1963)
84(9)
Rabelais and Folk Culture
93(14)
The 1975 Anthology: Essays on the Novel
107(13)
Posthumous: The First Manuscripts and Final Essays
120(3)
PART TWO: LITERATURE FADES, PHILOSOPHY MOVES TO THE FORE (REWORKING THREE PROBLEMATIC AREAS) 123(142)
Polyphony, Dialogism, Dostoevsky
127(35)
Can Polyphony Exist? If So, Does It Apply?
130(4)
Unsympathetic Case Studies and Suspicious Close Readings
134(15)
``The Torments of Dialogue'': In Defense of Bakhtin
149(13)
Carnival: Open-ended Bodies and Anachronistic Histories
162(45)
Pro: Carnival as Incarnation, Eucharist, Sacral Myth
172(7)
Contra: Demonization, Stalinization
179(16)
Neither For nor Against: Carnival as Analytic Device
195(12)
``Outsideness'' as the Ethical Dimension of Art (Bakhtin and the Aesthetic Moment)
207(58)
Belatedly Finding a Place for the Very Early Bakhtin
208(12)
Outsideness: What It Is and Is Not
220(22)
The Problem of Form
242(8)
The Logic of Aesthetic Form and ``Consummation as a Type of Dying''
250(15)
Afterword One Year Later: The Prospects for Bakhtin's [inonauka], of ``Science in Some Other Way'' 265(24)
Index 289

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