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Understanding Bakhtin, Understanding Modernism

Philippe Birgy

Explores and illuminates the impact of the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin on our understanding of literary modernism.

This volume explores the subject of modernism as seen through the lens of Bakhtinian criticism and in doing so offers a rounded and up-to-date example of the application of Bakhtinian theory to a field of research. The contributors consider the global spread of modernism and the variety of its manifestations as well as modernism's relationship to popular culture and its collective elaboration, which are dominant concerns in Bakhtin's thinking.

As with other volumes in the Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism series, the volume is divided into three parts. Part 1 provides readings of Bakhtin's work in the context of literary modernism. Part 2 features case studies of modernist art and artists and their relation to Bakhtinian theory. The final part provides a glossary of key terms in Bakhtin's work.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: May 29th, 2025
  • Pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781501381683
  • Categories: Russian & SovietSemiotics & TheoryHistory & Surveys - Modern

About the Author

Mattison, Laci: - Laci Mattison is Assistant Professor of 20th Century British Literature at Florida Gulf Coast University, USA.
Ardoin, Paul: - Paul Ardoin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.
Gontarski, S. E.: - S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, USA. He is the author or editor of 29 books and, with Paul Ardoin and Laci Mattison, he is series editor of the Bloomsbury series, Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism. The serie editors were also volume editors for the initial books in that series: Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2013) and the follow-up, Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2014). Gontarski's recent books are: Beckett's "Happy Day" A Manuscript Study (2017) and Revisioning Beckett: Samuel Beckett's Decadent Turn (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Praise for this book

"From the novel to poetry, dance, and philosophy, this wide-ranging volume seeks to recover and mobilize the resources of Bakhtinian thought in making sense of modernism and modernity. With essays by some of the most visible Bakhtin scholars today, this book is for all those who wish to explore his work, its contexts, and its continuous impact." --Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary University of London, UK

"A very timely and helpful volume by an impressive range of scholars, which clarifies Bakhtin's relationship to modernity and to modernist literature as well as making connections with some of the most prominent European thinkers on the issue. The inclusion of a glossary of some of Bakhtin's key terminology provides an excellent resource for those seeking to make sense of this influential thinker without falling prey to the many misconceptions that have commonly dogged critical work in the field." --Craig Brandist, Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History and Director of the Bakhtin Centre, University of Sheffield, UK