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Dialogue and Critical Discourse : Language, Culture, Critical Theory - Michael Macovski

Dialogue and Critical Discourse

Language, Culture, Critical Theory

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Published: 1st April 1993
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This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning--and its subsequent elaborations--have influenced a wide range of critical discourses. With essays by Michael Holquist, Jerome J. McGann, John Searle, Deborah Tannen, Gary Saul Morson, Caryl Emerson, Shirley Brice Heath, Don H. Bialostosky, Paul Friedrich, Timothy Austin, John Farrell, Rachel May, and Michael Macovski, the collection explores dialogue not only as an exchange among intratextual voices, but as an extratextual interplay of historical influences, oral forms, and cultural heuristics as well. Such approaches extend the implications of dialogue beyond the boundaries of literary theory, to anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and cultural studies. The essays address such issues as the establishment and exercise of political power, the relation between conversational and literary discourse, the historical development of the essay, and the idea of literature as social action. Taken together, 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 exchanged and constructed.

"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."--Social Semiotics "Dialogue and Critical Discourse succeeds...at developing its own dialogue among its eclectic voices."--The Wordsworth Circle

Contributorsp. xi
Introduction/Textual Voices, Vocative Texts: Dialogue, Linguistics, and Critical Discoursep. 3
Dialogue Within Works
Narrative Transmission: Shifting Gears in Shelley's "Ozymandias"p. 29
The Power of Speech: Dialogue as History in the Russian Primary Chroniclep. 47
Crossroads to Community: Jude the Obscure and the Chronotype of Wessexp. 65
Dialogue in Lyric Narrativep. 79
Dialogue Between Works
Dialogics of the Lyric: A Symposium on Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge" and "Beauteous Evening"p. 101
Involvement as Dialogue: Linguistic Theory and the Relation between Conversational and Literary Discoursep. 137
"The Bard I Quote From": Byron, Bakhtin, and the Appropriation of Voicesp. 158
Marxism, Romanticism, and Postmodernism: An American Case Historyp. 174
Dialogue Between Speakers, Readers, and Authors
The Essay in English: Readers and Writers in Dialoguep. 195
Bakhtin and Beautiful Science: The Paradox of Cultural Relativity Revisitedp. 215
Conversation as Dialoguep. 237
Extracts from a Heteroglossaryp. 256
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ISBN: 9780195070637
ISBN-10: 0195070631
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.64