The Bakhtin Circle: In the Master's Absence

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Manchester University Press, Jun 26, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 286 pages
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The Russian philosopher and cultural theorist Mikhail Bakhtin has traditionally been seen as the leading figure in the group of intellectuals known as the Bakhtin Circle. The writings of other members of the Circle are considered much less important than his work, while Bakhtin's achievement has been exaggerated in proportion to the downgrading of the thinkers with whom he associated in the 1920s. This volume, which includes new translations and studies of the work of the most important members of the Circle, sets out to correct the distortions in the established representations of its activity. The original contributions to literary and linguistic theory made by Valentin Voloshinov and Pavel Medvedev (but frequently credited to Bakhtin) are assessed, and the distinctiveness of their approaches is highlighted.
 

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Contents

The scholarly legacy of Pavel Medvedev in the light of
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Eurasianism
44
The Bakhtin Circle and problems in linguistics
70
on the philosophical roots of
97
Lev Pumpianskii and the Nevel School of philosophy
125
Kanaev vitalism and the Bakhtin Circle Ben Taylor
150
Sollertinskii and dialogical symphonism Pauline Fairclough
167
Tolstois Diary P N Medvedev
188
On Marxism L V Pumpianskii
212
Archival materials V N Voloshinov
223
a timeline
251
Index
277
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David Shepherd is Professor of Russian in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, and founder and Director of the Bakhtin Centre, at the University of Sheffield. Craig Brandist is Senior Lecturer in the Bakhtin Centre and Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. Galin Tihanov is Reader in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History in the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University.

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