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The existing review castigates this book on the basis of an intellectual disagreement. On its own terms, however, the book succeeds well in explaining difficult ideas in an accessible and lucid manner. Whether these ideas are true to Bakhtin's personal intention is an interesting, but peripheral matter. Indeed, it's likely that Bakhtin himself would have seen the value...
Published on 1 Nov. 2009 by B. Reid

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1.0 out of 5 stars Nyet, ne Bakhtin
This is a characteristic product of the great Bakhtin delusion, in which distortions are visited on Bakhtin's thought by one of the numerous individuals disabled from reading him by their own dogmatic reading of a great deal of "Literary Theory".
A knowledge of NeoKantainism is important to Bakhtin, says Holquist, but he lacks that. Nothing can disturb his...
Published on 12 Feb. 2006 by R. R. Calder


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars response to the previous review, 1 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Dialogism: Bakhtin and His World (New Accents) (Paperback)
The existing review castigates this book on the basis of an intellectual disagreement. On its own terms, however, the book succeeds well in explaining difficult ideas in an accessible and lucid manner. Whether these ideas are true to Bakhtin's personal intention is an interesting, but peripheral matter. Indeed, it's likely that Bakhtin himself would have seen the value and necessity in alternative (dialogical) interpretations of multi-voiced (heteroglossic) texts. The book is well worth the read. Five stars is the maximum, designed to compensate for the over-zealous Other, and probably means about 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entry into a new world, 6 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dialogism: Bakhtin and His World (New Accents) (Paperback)
Holquist's book is a splendid entry point to the world of Bakhtin for English readers. It gives a rich sense of the difficulties that arise when we take seriously the idea of dialogism, namely that any human expression, whether spoken, written, enacted or displayed, must be understood in its situation within a larger flow of expressions as people engage constantly with one another. Many styles of thought in the humanities and social sciences tend to simplify expressions, nail them down so as to produce a single authoritative interpretation. Bakhtin leads in a very different direction, inviting us to accept the sheer challenge of trying to understand expression and behaviour in the flow of actual events. He resemble Kenneth Burke in his devotion to the complexities of expression, rather than to simplification.

But that first step into the stream of Bakhtin and others as they struggle to express such complexity is not easy. Holquist's is a splendid place to start, and he is to be congratulated for laying down so solid a bridge for Anglophone readers.

Once you cross that bridge, though, expect turbulence. It is the nature of Bakhtin's world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good review of Bakhtin, 24 Aug. 2014
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In spite of a few editorial mistakes here and there, a good review of Bakhtin, clearly written.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nyet, ne Bakhtin, 12 Feb. 2006
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This is a characteristic product of the great Bakhtin delusion, in which distortions are visited on Bakhtin's thought by one of the numerous individuals disabled from reading him by their own dogmatic reading of a great deal of "Literary Theory".
A knowledge of NeoKantainism is important to Bakhtin, says Holquist, but he lacks that. Nothing can disturb his cursed conceit that Bakhtin was understood from the start of his receoption in English. This is false.
Bakhtin undermines Kant? No, Holquist misrepresents Bakhtin with a rash of falsehoods inherited from the beginnings of Bakhtin perversion by Kristeva and Todorov. If they'd understood him they'd have ignored him!
Where Bakhtin contradicts them they assume he must be right and must agree with them, and thus generate yet more convoluted nonsense.
When Holquist's student said that Bakhtin seems easy, Holquist took pains to convince her that that wasn't true. Because Holquist doesn't understand Bakhtin, a major thinker because he is so entirely at odds with Holquist's dogma. If Holquistian pseudodialogism remains in academic fashion, this book could help hacks who wish catechied in the cant which slots them into the career structure by way of which academia is committing suicide. Bakhtin is presumably turning in his grave. One star is the minimum and means O.
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