Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory

Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory

by Michael Steven Macovski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195070631

ISBN-13: 9780195070637

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning—and its subsequent elaborations—have influenced a wide range of critical discourses.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.

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This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning—and its subsequent elaborations—have influenced a wide range of critical discourses.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.

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ISBN-13:
9780195070637
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction / Textual Voices, Vocative Texts: Dialogue, Linguistics, and Critical Discourse3
1Narrative Transmission: Shifting Gears in Shelley's "Ozymandias"29
2The Power of Speech: Dialogue as History in the Russian Primary Chronicle47
3Crossroads to Community: Jude the Obscure and the Chronotype of Wessex65
4Dialogue in Lyric Narrative79
5Dialogics of the Lyric: A Symposium on Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge" and "Beauteous Evening"101
6Involvement as Dialogue: Linguistic Theory and the Relation between Conversational and Literary Discourse137
7"The Bard I Quote From": Byron, Bakhtin, and the Appropriation of Voices158
8Marxism, Romanticism, and Postmodernism: An American Case History174
9The Essay in English: Readers and Writers in Dialogue195
10Bakhtin and Beautiful Science: The Paradox of Cultural Relativity Revisited215
11Conversation as Dialogue237
12Extracts from a Heteroglossary256

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