Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism

Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism

by Michael F. Bernard-Donals


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The language theory of Mikhail Bakhtin does not fall neatly under any single rubric--'dialogism, ' 'Marxism, ' 'prosaics, ' 'authorship'--because the philosophic foundation of his writing rests ambivalently between phenomenology and Marxism. The theoretical tension of these positions creates philosophical impasses in Bakhtin's work, which have been neglected or ignored partly because these impasses are themselves mirrored by the problems of antifoundationalist and materialist tendencies in literary scholarship.

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ISBN-13: 9780521466479
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/24/1995
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory , #11
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Problems with formalism; 2. Neo-Kantianism and phenomenology; 3. Reception and hermeneutics: the search for ideology; 4. The Marxist texts; 5. Science and ideology; 6. Science, praxis, and change; 7. Bakhtin, the problem of knowledge and literary studies; bibliography; index.

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