Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory

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Overview


This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning--and its subsequent elaborations--have influenced a wide range of critical discourses.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

  • ISBN-13: 9780195070637
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Macovski is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Dialogue and Literature: Apostrophe, Auditors, and the Collapse of Romantic Discourse (OUP, 1994), as well as articles on Emily Brontë, Lord Byron, and the history of publishing.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction / Textual Voices, Vocative Texts: Dialogue, Linguistics, and Critical Discourse 3
1 Narrative Transmission: Shifting Gears in Shelley's "Ozymandias" 29
2 The Power of Speech: Dialogue as History in the Russian Primary Chronicle 47
3 Crossroads to Community: Jude the Obscure and the Chronotype of Wessex 65
4 Dialogue in Lyric Narrative 79
5 Dialogics of the Lyric: A Symposium on Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge" and "Beauteous Evening" 101
6 Involvement as Dialogue: Linguistic Theory and the Relation between Conversational and Literary Discourse 137
7 "The Bard I Quote From": Byron, Bakhtin, and the Appropriation of Voices 158
8 Marxism, Romanticism, and Postmodernism: An American Case History 174
9 The Essay in English: Readers and Writers in Dialogue 195
10 Bakhtin and Beautiful Science: The Paradox of Cultural Relativity Revisited 215
11 Conversation as Dialogue 237
12 Extracts from a Heteroglossary 256
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