Mikhail Bakhtin

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Bakhtin, Mikhail Mikhailovich


Born Nov. 5 (17), 1895, in the city of Orel. Soviet Russian literary scholar.

In 1920, Bakhtin began his pedagogical and literary work. In his book Problems in Dostoevsky’s Works (1929) he studied the polyphonic character of the author’s artistic thought. In his book on F. Rabelais (1965), Bakhtin analyzed the essence of the comic and the grotesque, the popular “carnivalization” of art. He is also the author of articles on L. N. Tolstoy (1930) and works on the theory of literature.


Problemy poetiki Dostoevskogo, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1963.
Tvorchestvo F. Rable i narodnaia kul’tura Srednevekov’ia i Renessansa. Moscow, 1965.
“Epos i roman.” Voprosy literatury, 1970, no. 1.


Lunacharskii, A. V. “O’mnogogolosnosti’ Dostoevskogo.” In his book Stat’i o literature. Moscow, 1957.
Shubin, L. “Gumanizm Dostoevskogo i’dostoevshchina’.” Voprosy literatury, 1965, no. 1.
Pospelov,G. “Preuvelicheniia ot uvlecheniia.” Voprosy literatury, 1965, no. 1.
Pinskii, L. “Rable v novom osveshchenii.” Voprosy literatury, 1966, no. 6.
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of Turku, Finland (where both editors are affiliated with the comparative literature department); some contributions are from two Bakhtin workshops held at the conference "Genre and Interpretation," at the U.
No niche is safe from the intrusion of the carnival and Bakhtin even finds the spirit of the carnival reaching to profaning the deity (Rabelais 16).
Rather, dinlogism stresses the irreducibility, or indivisibility of relations among discourses: heteroglossia, Bakhtin called it.
We need roses as well as bread, uplift for the heart as well as the mind, and occasions for the free and "festive" laughter that, according to the subversive Soviet scholar Mikhail Bakhtin, is the true sound of revolution.
Under the sociolinguistic banners of Mikhail Bakhtin, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and others, Macovski wishes to rescue "the nineteenth-century 'I'" (12) and the Romantic rhetoric in which it is inscribed--he rejects traditional distinctions between Romantic and Victorian--from post-structuralist assertions of the "general fallibility of language" (26).
On January 7, 1929, Mikhail Bakhtin was arrested on a set of charges increasingly common in Stalin's USSR.
Die begrip "karnavalesk" word gebruik in die betekenis waarin Mikhail Bakhtin dit aanwend in sy Rabelais and His World (1984), waarin hy ondersoek doen na die populere humor en die volkskultuur gedurende die Middeleeue en die Renaissance, soos uitgebeeld in die romans van Francois Rabelais.
Bakhtin saw the hallmark of the novel as its capacity to bring together 'a diversity of social speech types .
In his book on Rabelais, Bakhtin (1965) mentions Shakespeare's name several times, but never focuses on him: Shakespeare only makes his appearances as a background figure within the compass of Bakhtins carnivalesque theory.
Bakhtin (1984) in Rabelais and His World lifts the carnival into an ideal representation of the folk culture in which Rabelais' work is situated.
The purpose of the present study is to discuss Mikhail Bakhtin in his own voice and to analyze his understanding of the poetic world and notions coined by him.