The Master and the Slave: Lukacs, Bakhtin, and the Ideas of their Time

Hardcover | May 1, 2000

byGalin Tihanov

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This book is a comparative study in the history of ideas. It is an innovative examination of the intellectual background, affiliations and contexts of two major twentieth-century thinkers and an historical interpretation of their work in aesthetics, cultural theory, literary history, andphilosophy. Unlike all existing texts on Lukacs and Bakhtin, this book offers a comparison of their writings at different stages of their intellectual development and in the broad context of the ideas of their time. The book introduces unknown archival material and discusses hitherto disregarded or overlookedtexts by Lukacs and Bakhtin. It puts forward new readings of best-known work on Dostoevsky, Rabelais, and Goethe and treats in an original way the question of the coherence of Bakhtin's ouevre. The book offers valuable insight into the sources of Bakhtin's terminological repertoire and throughexamination of Bakhtin's and Lukacs's intellectual affiliations - of the limits and substance of their originality as thinkers. Lukacs and Bakhtin emerge from the book as thinkers, whose intellectual careers followed strikingly similar paths. They both were confronted with similar agendas and questions posed for them by their time. Bakhtin however, had to find answers not only for this common agenda but also to the answersthat Lukacs himself had already provided.

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This book is a comparative study in the history of ideas. It is an innovative examination of the intellectual background, affiliations and contexts of two major twentieth-century thinkers and an historical interpretation of their work in aesthetics, cultural theory, literary history, andphilosophy. Unlike all existing texts on Lukacs a...

Galin Tihanov is Junior Research Fellow in Russian and German Intellectual History, University of Oxford

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187254

ISBN - 13:9780198187257

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Concepts1. Culture2. Form3. GenrePart II: Transfigurations4. Reification and Dialogue5. Ideology, Language, and Realism6. The Novel, the Epic, and ModernityPart III: Heroes7. Dostoevsky8. Goethe9. Hegel and RabelaisEpilogueWorks citedIndex

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`the strength of the book ... is in Tihanov's remarkable range of reading, his knowledge of both German and Russian scholarship, and the philosophical backgrounds of the two writers - each steeped in the European academic tradition of the first half of the twentieth century. Both writersemerge transformed when treated in this way.'Simon Dentith, TLS