Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics

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U of Minnesota Press, Nov 30, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages

This book is not only a major twentieth-century contribution to Dostoevsky’s studies, but also one of the most important theories of the novel produced in our century. As a modern reinterpretation of poetics, it bears comparison with Aristotle.


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Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (Russian: Михаил Михайлович Бахти́н, pronounced [mʲɪxʌˈil mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ bʌxˈtʲin]) (November 17, 1895, Oryol – March 7, 1975) was a Russian philosopher, literary critic ... Read full review

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Dostoevskys Polyphonic Novel and Its Treatment in Critical Literature
The Hero and the Position of the Author with Regard to the Hero in Dostoevskys Art
The Idea in Dostoevsky
Characteristics of Genre and Plot Composition in Dostoevskys Works
Discourse in Dostoevsky
ii The Heros Monologic Discourse and Narrational Discourse in Dostoevskys Short Novels
iii The Heros Discourse and Narrative Discourse in Dostoevsky
iv Dialogue in Dostoevsky
Three Fragments from the 1929 Edition Problems of Dostoevskys Art
Toward a Reworking of the Dostoevsky Book 1961
Glossary of Proper Names and Works

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Page 6 - A plurality of independent and unmerged voices and consciousnesses, a genuine polyphony of fully valid voices is in fact the chief characteristic of Dostoevsky's novels.
Page xxxix - Nothing conclusive has yet taken place in the world, the ultimate word of the world and about the world has not yet been spoken, the world is open and free, everything is still in the future and will always be in the future...
Page 18 - Not a single element of the work is structured from the point of view of a nonparticipating "third person." In the novel itself, nonparticipating "third persons" are not represented in any way.

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Caryl Emerson is A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Wayne C. Booth is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.

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