Bakhtin, Stalin, And Modern Russian Fiction

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Bakhtin, Stalin, and Modern Russian Fiction presents an advanced introduction to the work of the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, focusing on the concepts of carnival, dialogism, and historicism. The discussion of Bakhtin pays particular attention to the impact of his historical context in the Soviet Union and to the importance of his own dialogic mode of discourse. Bakhtin's ideas are then placed in dialogic relation to the works of several important writers of modern Russian fiction, including Vassily ...

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Bakhtin, Stalin, and Modern Russian Fiction presents an advanced introduction to the work of the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, focusing on the concepts of carnival, dialogism, and historicism. The discussion of Bakhtin pays particular attention to the impact of his historical context in the Soviet Union and to the importance of his own dialogic mode of discourse. Bakhtin's ideas are then placed in dialogic relation to the works of several important writers of modern Russian fiction, including Vassily Aksyonov, Ilf and Petrov, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Yuz Aleshkovsky, Andrei Bitov, and Sasha Sokolov.

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An introduction to key concepts and historical context is followed by chapters discussing Aksyonov's response to the legacy of Stalinism, as well as detailed Bakhtinian readings of satirists Ilf and Petrov, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and several post-Stalinist writers who have addressed the Stalinist attempt to manipulate history and disrupt Russian cultural tradition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

M. KEITH BOOKER is Associate Professor of English and director of Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas.

DUBRAVKA JURAGA is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Bakhtin, History, and Russian Literature
1 Reading Bakhtin Dialogically 1
2 Carnival, Dialogism, and Chronotope in the Fiction of Vassily Aksyonov: A Bakhtin Primer 29
3 "Look Both Ways": Double-Voiced Satire in the Work of Ilf and Petrov 59
4 Language, Genre, and Satire in the Works of Mikhail Zoshchenko 83
5 Good and Evil, Truth and Lie: Dualism and Dialogism in the Fiction of Yuz Aleshkovsky 103
6 The House that Bitov Built: Postmodernism and Stalinism in Pushkin House 123
7 All-Purpose Parody: Sasha Sokolov's Astrophobia 145
Works Cited 167
Index 177
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