The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essaysby Mikhail M. Bakhtin
Pub. Date: 01/28/1982
Publisher: University of Texas Press
These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a philosopher of language, a cultural historian, and a major theoretician of the novel. The Dialogic Imagination presents, in superb English translation, four selections from Voprosy literatury i estetiki/cite>
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Bakhtin proclaims the dominance of the novel as a genre, and the difficulty of strictly defining its hegemony because of its tendency to envelop other genres. Later he discusses literature and language in general, and how it continually is changed by other systems such as subgenres, dialects, and infinitely fragmented languages constantly in "dialogue" with each other.