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The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin - Caryl Emerson

The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2000
ISBN: 9780691050492
Number Of Pages: 296

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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."

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1998 "Caryl Emerson is arguably the most knowledgeable and gifted Bakhtin Scholar in the United States... The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin provides us with fascinating glimpses of his life and his character with a history of his intellectual career in Russia and in the West, and with a serious discussion of the problematic areas of his thought."--The New Republic "It is impossible to do more here than give a very fragmentary notion of the wealth of material contained in Emerson's book, which she presents not only with penetration but also with a responsive awareness of what it reveals about the present state of Russian culture."--London Review of Books "One of the three or four most important books on [Bakhtin] now available in English."--The Nation

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction East Meets West in the Ex-USSR
XXX: Bakhtin Studies, Bakhtinistics, Bakhtinology
The Russians Reclaim Bakhtin, 1975 to the Jubilee
The Three Worlds of Mikhail Bakhtin The Post-Stalinist Revival of the Russian Literary Profession The 1990s
The Russian Bakhtin Industry Takes Stock
Retrospective: Domestic Reception during Bakhtin's Life Dostoevsky, I (1929) Dostoevsky, II (1963) Rabelais and Folk Culture
The 1975 Anthology: Essays on the Novel Posthumous
The First Manuscripts and Final Essays
Literature Fades, Philosophy Moves to the Fore (Reworking three Problematic Areas)
Polyphony, Dialogism, Dostoevsky Can Polyphony Exist? If So, Does It Apply? Unsympathetic Case Studies and Suspicious Close Readings "The Torments of Dialogue": In Defense of Bakhtin
Carnival: Open-ended Bodies and Anachronistic Histories Pro: Carnival as Incarnation, Eucharist, Sacral Myth Contra: Demonization, Stalinization Neither For nor Against: Carnival as Analytic Device
XXX: "Outsideness" as the Ethical Dimension of Art (Bakhtin and the Aesthetic Moment) Belatedly Finding a Place for the Very Early Bakhtin Outsideness
What It Is and Is Not
The Problem of Form The Logic of Aesthetic Form and "Consummation as a Type of Dying"
Afterword One Year Later
The Prospects for Bakhtin's XXXHOHayka [inonauka], or "Science in Some Other Way"
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ISBN: 9780691050492
ISBN-10: 069105049X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 2nd April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.46