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Dialogism: Bakhtin and His World (New Accents) Paperback – 13 Jun 2002
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'Holquist is an exceedingly thoughtful interpreter of Bakhtin ... Dialogism will certainly be welcomed by all those many readers fascinated by the many faces of Mikhail Bakhtin.' - Slavic and East European Journal
'With only two comprehensive accounts of Bakhtin's contributions available in the West ... Holquist's attempt to provide a contextualized summary of Bakhtin's work is a formidable accomplishment in its own right, resulting in a volume that will be of interest for those seeking a unified, general understanding of Bakhtin.' - Discourse Studies
About the Author
Michael Holquist is Professor of Comparative and Slavic Literature at Yale University. He is the author of Dostoevsky and the Novel and Mikhail Bakhtin (with Katerina Clark), and has also edited three collections of Bakhtin's writings.
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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.
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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