Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMichael Macovski

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This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning--and its subsequent elaborations--have influenced a wide range of critical discourses.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, DeborahTannen, 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 historicalinfluences, 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 thatliterary meaning is not rendered by a single narrator, nor even by a solitary author--but is incrementally exchanged and constructed.

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This interdisciplinary volume of collected, mostly unpublished essays demonstrates how Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic meaning--and its subsequent elaborations--have influenced a wide range of critical discourses.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, DeborahTannen, Gary Saul Morson, Caryl Emerson, Shirle...

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 Bronte, Lord Byron, and the history of publishing.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070631

ISBN - 13:9780195070637

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"Dialogue and Critical Discourse succeeds...at developing its own dialogue among its eclectic voices."--The Wordsworth Circle