Mikhail Bakhtin: An Aesthetic for Democracy

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byKen Hirschkop

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This book makes a radical break with earlier interpretations of Bakhtin's work. Using recent Russian scholarship, Ken Hirschkop explodes many of the myths which have surrounded Bakhtin and his work and lays the ground for a new, more historically acute sense of his achievement. Through acomprehensive reading of Bakhtin's work, Hirschkop demonstrates that his discussion of the philosophy of language, literary history, popular-festive culture, and the phenomenology of everyday life revolved around a lifelong search for a new kind of modern ethical culture. A detailed examination ofthe major works reveals the careful interweaving of philosophical and historical argument which makes Bakhtin at once so compelling and so frustrating a writer. Hirschkop treats Bakhtin not as a metaphysician or a philosopher for the ages, but as a writer inevitably drawn into the historicalconflicts produced by a modernizing and democratizing Europe. As a consequence, Bakhtin becomes a more sober but also more original writer, with a striking contribution to make to the definition of the democratic project.

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This book makes a radical break with earlier interpretations of Bakhtin's work. Using recent Russian scholarship, Ken Hirschkop explodes many of the myths which have surrounded Bakhtin and his work and lays the ground for a new, more historically acute sense of his achievement. Through acomprehensive reading of Bakhtin's work, Hirschko...

Ken Hirschkop is Research Fellow in English Literature, University of Manchester
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198159609

ISBN - 13:9780198159605

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`Hirschkop, who writes with flair, meticulously surveys both the primary and secondary sources and offers a trenchant and comprehensive critique ... an important book.' D.B. Johnson, Choice, Jul/Aug. 2000.