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Mikhail Bakhtin

Mikhail Bakhtin

Four Volume Set
Edited by:

November 2002 | 1 624 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 work on Bakhtin. It enriches our understanding of this prolific and multi-dimensional figure whose contribution stretches over the fields of cultural studies, linguistics, social philosophy, sociology and beyond.

The 4 volumes are divided into the following parts:

Vol 1

Part 1: Bakhtin and his Circle

This section includes discussions of Bakhtin's biography and evaluations of his significance. Gathered together here are papers by Bocharov on conversations with Bakhtin; Holquist on the life of Bakhtin; Steinglass on the authorship debate; Parrington on Voloshinov in the history of politics and ideas; and Shevtsova on Medvedev's sociological poetics.

Part 2: Intellectual Influences and Contexts

Included here are Rudova on the Bergsonian tradition in Russia; Perlina on Bakhtin and Buber; Poole on Bakhtin and Cassirer; Pirog on Bakhtin and Freudianism; Clark and Holquist on the influence of Immanuel Kant on Bakhtin's thought; Tihanov on Lukács's influence on Bakhtin; White on Bakhtin's place in Marxist thought; Curtis on Bakhtin and Nietzsche; Bernard-Donals on the traces of phenomenology and Marxism in Bakhtin's ideas; Shaitanov on Russian formalism; Lock on Russian Orthodoxy; Nerlich on the influence of de Saussure and Structuralism on Bakhtin; Tihanov on the legacy of Georg Simmel and Lebensphilosophe, Emerson on Bakhtin, Vygotsky and the internalization of language; Gasparov on Bakhtin and Russian culture; and Holquist on dialogism and aesthetics.

Volume 2

Part 3: Key Concepts

Part of Bakhtin's reputation derives from the formidable array of conceptual innovations he achieved. Included here are Godzich and Zima on aesthetics and the philosophy of culture; Averinstev, LaCapra and Lachmann on the carnivalesque; Hitchcock on embodiment; Jung on phenomenological dialogics; Allan and Scholz on the chronotope; Hirschkop, Holquist and Ivanov on dialogism, heteroglossia and semiotics; Bowers and Ponzio on ethics and intersubjectivity; Pechey and Todorov on methodology and epistemology in the human sciences; Emerson, Erdinast-Vulcan, Poole and Shukman on philosophical anthropology; and Farmer and Morson on prosaics and 'theoretism'.

Volume 3

Part 4: Debates and Interpretations

Bakhtin's influence over so many interdisciplinary fields make it hard for commentators to evaluate the dissemination of his influence. This section draws together some crucial papers that elucidate his significance. Included here are Hirschkop and Morson on the Bakhtin industry; Booth, Emerson, Russo and Thomson on Bakhtin and feminism; Rutland, White and Zavala on Bakhtin, postmodernism and poststructuralism; Carroll on the politics of discourse; Gardiner on carnival, utopia and critique; Hirschkop on Bakhtin, democracy and discourse; Morson on Bakhtin and the contemporary state of the humanities; Pechey on Bakhtin and the history of ideas; Stam on leftist cultural critique and Bakhtin; Brandist on the ethical and political potential of dialogism; De Man on dialogue and dialogism; Gurevitch on plurality in dialogue; and Hirschkop on the myths surrounding Bakhtin.

Volume 4

Part 5: Bakhtin and Other Theorists

Bakhtin was indeed a seminal thinker and the sheer range of his influence over twentieth century theorists is astounding. Included here are Sandywell's account of the parallels between Bakhtin and Benjamin; Hartley on De Man and Bakhtin; Kukundzic on Bakhtin and Derrida; Gardiner on the relations between the thought of Bakhtin and Foucault; Brandist on Bakhtin, Gramsci and the semiotics of hegemony; Garvey on Bakhtin and Habermas; Erdinast-Vulcan on Bakhtin and Kristeva; Nealon on the ethics of dialogue in Bakhtin and Levinas.

Part 6: Working with Bakhtin: Applications and Extensions

The final section traces Bakhtin's interdisciplinary influence. Assembled here are Protis-Winner on Bakhtin and anthropology; Hoy and Langman on Bakhtin and cultural and media studies; Folch-Serra on Bakhtin and geography; Burke on Bakhtin's significance for historiography; Evans and Wall on Bakhtin's significance for communication studies and multiculturalism; Neff on Bakhtin and the natural sciences; Shotter and Billig on Bakhtin and psychology; White on Bakhtin and psychoanalysis; and Hajdukowski and Shields on Bakhtin's significance for sociologists.

Michael E Gardiner has published extensively on Bakhtin and social and cultural theory, and is widely recognized as an important voice in the field of Bakhtin studies. With a judicious sense of Bakhtin's place in the history of ideas, he has assembled a superb survey which will surprise experts and stimulate students. This is the indispensable collection on Bakhtin and is destined to generate not only wider debate but a deeper understanding of Bakhtin's continuing intellectual relevance.

Sergei Bocharov
Conversations with Bakhtin
Michael Holquist
Bakhtin's Life
Matt Steinglass
International Man of Mystery
The Battle over Mikhail Bakhtin

John Parrington
In Perspective
Valentin Voloshinov

Maria Shevtsova
Bakhtin/Medvedev's Sociological Poetics
Larissa Rudova
Bergsonism in Russia
The Case of Bakhtin

Nina Perlina
Bakhtin and Buber
Problems of Dialogic Imagination

Brian Poole
Bakhtin and Cassirer
The Philosophical Origins of Bakhtin's Carnival Messianism

Gerald Pirog
The Bakhtin Circle's Freud
From Positivism to Hermeneutics

Katerina Clark and Michael Holquist
The Influence of Kant in the Early Work of M M Bakhtin
Galin Tihanov
Culture, Form, Life
The Early Luk[ac]acs and the Early Bakhtin

Allon White
The Struggle over Bakhtin
Fraternal Reply to Robert Young

James M Curtis
Michael Bakhtin, Nietzsche and Russian Pre-Revolutionary Thought
Michael Bernard-Donals
Mikhail Bakhtin
Between Phenomenology and Marxism

Igor Shaitanov
The Concept of the Generic World
Bakhtin and the Russian Formalists

Charles Lock
Carnival and Incarnation
Bakhtin and Orthodox Theology

Brigitte Nerlich
Structuralism, Contextualism, Dialogism
Voloshinov and Bakhtin's Contributions to the Debate about the 'Relativity' of Meaning

Galin Tihanov
Volosinov, Ideology and Language
The Birth of Marxist Sociology from the Spirit of Lebensphilosophie


Caryl Emerson
The Outer Word and Inner Speech
Bakhtin, Vygotsky and the Internalization of Language

M L Gasparov
M M Bakhtin in Russian Culture of the Twentieth Century
Michael Holquist
Dialogism and Aesthetics
Wlad Godzich
Correcting Kant
Bakhtin and Intercultural Interactions

Peter V Zima
Bakhtin's Young Hegelian Aesthetics
Sergei Averinstev
Bakhtin and the Russian Attitude to Laughter
Dominick LaCapra
Bakhtin, Marxism and the Carnivalesque
Renate Lachmann
Bakhtin and Carnival
Culture as Counter-Culture

Peter Hitchcock
The Grotesque of the Body Electric
Hwa Yol Jung
Bakhtin's Body Politic
A Phenomenological Dialogics

Stuart Allan
When Discourse Is Torn from Reality
Bakhtin and the Principle of Chronotopicity

Bernhard F Scholz
Bakhtin's Concept of 'Chronotope'
The Kantian Connection

Ken Hirschkop
Heteroglossia and Civil Society
Bakhtin's Public Square and the Politics of Modernity

Michael Holquist
Answering as Authoring
Mikhail Bakhtin's Trans-Linguistics

V V Ivanov
The Significance of M M Bakhtin's Ideas on Sign, Utterance and Dialogue for Modern Semiotics
Rick Bowers
Bakhtin, Self and Other
Neohumanism and Communicative Multiplicity

Augusto Ponzio
From Moral Philosophy to Philosophy of Literature
Graham Pechey
Eternity and Modernity
The Epistemological Sublime

Tzvetan Todorov
Epistemology of the Human Sciences
Caryl Emerson
Bakhtin at 100
Art, Ethics and the Architectonic Self

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
Borderlines and Contraband
Bakhtin and the Question of the Subject

Brian Poole
From Phenomenology to Dialogue
Max Scheler's Phenomenological Tradition and Mikhail Bakhtin's Development from 'Toward a Philosophy of the Act' to His Study of Dostoevsky

Ann Shukman
M M Bakhtin
Notes on His Philosophy of Man

Frank M Farmer
Not Theory... But a Sense of Theory
The Superaddressee and the Contexts of Eden

Gary Saul Morson
An Approach to the Humanities

Ken Hirschkop
The Domestication of M M Bakhtin
Gary Saul Morson
The Baxtin Industry
Wayne C Booth
Freedom of Interpretation
Bakhtin and the Challenge of Feminist Criticism

Caryl Emerson
Bakhtin and Women
A Nontopic with Immense Implications

Mary Russo
Female Grotesques
Carnival and Theory

Clive Thomson
Mikhail Bakhtin and Contemporary Anglo-American Feminist Theory
Barry Rutland
Bakhtinian Categories and the Discourse of Postmodernism
Allon White
Bakhtin, Sociolinguistics and Deconstruction
Iris M Zavala
Bakhtin versus the Postmodern
David Carroll
The Alterity of Discourse
Form, History and the Question of the Political in M M Bakhtin

Michael Gardiner
Bakhtin's Carnival
Utopia as Critique

Ken Hirschkop
Bakhtin, Discourse and Democracy
Gary Saul Morson
Bakhtin and the Present Moment
Graham Pechey
Boundaries versus Binaries
Bakhtin in/and the History of Ideas

Robert Stam
Mikhail Bakhtin and Left Cultural Critique
Subhash Jaireth
Russian and Non-Russian Readings of Bakhtin
The Contours of an Emerging Dialogue

Vadim Kozhinov
Bakhtin and His Readers
Craig Brandist
Ethics, Politics and the Potential of Dialogism
Paul De Man
Dialogue and Dialogism
Zali Gurevitch
Plurality in Dialogue
A Comment on Bakhtin

Ken Hirschkop
Bakhtin Myths, or, Why We All Need Alibis
Barry Sandywell
Memories of Nature in Bakhtin and Benjamin
Lucy Hartley
Conflict Not Conversation
The Defeat of Dialogue in Bakhtin and De Man

Dragon Kujundzic
Laughter as Otherness in Bakhtin and Derrida
Michael Gardiner
Foucault, Ethics and Dialogue
Craig Brandist
Gramsci, Bakhtin and the Semiotics of Hegemony
Gregory T Garvey
The Value of Opacity
A Bakhtinian Analysis of Habermas's Discourse Ethics

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
Bakhtin's Homesickness
A Late Reply to Julia Kristeva

Jeffrey T Nealon
The Ethics of Dialogue
Bakhtin and Levinas

I Protis-Winner
Does the Image Sparkle? Bakhtin and Contemporary American Studies of Culture
Mikita Hoy
Bakhtin and Popular Culture
Lauren Langman
Bakhtin the Future
Techno-Capital and Cyber-Feudal Carnivals

Mireya Folch-Serra
Place, Voice, Space
Mikhail Bakhtin's Dialogical Landscape

Peter Burke
Bakhtin for Historians
Peter Flaherty
Reading Carnival
Towards a Semiotic of History

Fred Evans
Bakhtin, Communication and the Politics of Multiculturalism
Anthony Wall
Chronotopes of an Impossible Nationhood
D S Neff
Into the Heart of the Hear of the Chronotope
Dialogism, Theoretical Physics and Catastrophe Theory

John Shotter and Michael Billig
A Bakhtinian Psychology
From Out of the Heads of Individuals and into the Dialogues between Them

Allon White
Hysteria and the End of the Carnival Festivity and Bourgeois Neurosis
Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed
Bakhtin without Borders
Participatory Action Research in the Social Sciences

Rob Shields
Meeting or Mis-Meeting? The Dialogical Challenge to Verstehen