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By Liisa Steinby, Tintti Klapuri

‘Bakhtin and his Others’ goals to enhance an realizing of Mikhail Bakhtin’s principles via a contextual process, fairly with a spotlight on Bakhtin reviews from the Nineteen Nineties onward. the quantity deals clean theoretical insights into Bakhtin’s principles on (inter)subjectivity and temporality – together with his ideas of chronotope and literary polyphony – by means of reconsidering his principles in terms of the resources he employs, and making an allowance for later examine on comparable themes. The case reviews exhibit how Bakhtin's rules, while visible in mild of this procedure, will be constructively hired in modern literary research.


‘This quantity maintains a present pattern in Bakhtin scholarship dedicated to contextualizing Bakhtin’s paintings by way of situating his essays not just with admire to the writings of the Bakhtin circle, but additionally in the wider context of the German philosophical culture and early Soviet literary stories. […] [T]he total caliber of the scholarship is superb, with person individuals all mentioning contemporary and pertinent reviews within the field.’ —Tara Collington, ‘Canadian Slavonic Papers’

‘This stimulating assortment will make a unique contribution to the learn of Bakhtin’s paintings and its importance for literary historians.’ —Professor Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Chair of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary, college of London


Liisa Steinby is Professor of Comparative Literature on the collage of Turku. Her major examine pursuits comprise the issues of modernity and subjectivity within the novel from the eighteenth century to the current and comparable questions in literary theory.

Tintti Klapuri is Junior learn Fellow on the division of Comparative Literature on the college of Turku, Finland. Her study pursuits contain Chekhov, temporality and modern Russian literature.

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In the background of Bakhtin’s theory of the novel lie differences between the epic and the novel; especially how the two genres, through their form, structure and characters, differ in their representation of time. 3 Bakhtin agrees with Lukács in maintaining the epic to be a manifestation of a static world. 4 In the antique novel tradition, especially in the case of Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, the epic began to be transformed into a novelistic form. Yet the temporal aspect remains primarily static; the world’s diversity is viewed purely spatially, and the hero is a point moving in space, without essential distinguishing characteristics.

He locates the prehistory of the novel in the tradition of the Greek Menippea and other forms of satire as well as in the carnivalistic folk culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; hence, parody, satire and laughter are for him essential constituents of the novel (cf. Bakhtin 1968; 1989; 2008a; 2008b). Bakhtin’s view of the novel as the epitome of a carnivalistic and satiric counter-culture is in direct opposition to Lukács’ tragic view of the novel. We can see that Bakhtin’s definition of the novel takes place in the framework of the understanding of the novel established by the German Early Romantics BAKHTIN AND LUKÁCS 11 and continued by Hegel and Lukács, anchored in a philosophy of the subject; with the difference that in the polyphonic, polysubjective or dialogic novel, the single subject is replaced by a number of autonomous subjects engaged in action and mutual dialogue.

This echoes Bakhtin’s views: ‘It was in the Renaissance that the present first began to feel with great clarity and awareness an incomparably closer proximity and kinship to the future than to the past’ (2008b, 40). The early modern period showed, as illustrated by Rabelais’ novels, that the absolute epic distance had now disappeared and the hero had been transferred ‘from the distance plane to the zone of contact with the inconclusive events of the present’ (2008b, 35). According to Bakhtin, folklore and popular comedy played a significant role in re-structuring the human image in the novel: it was ‘laughter [that] destroyed epic distance’ (2008b, 35).

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