Bakhtin and his Others: (Inter)subjectivity, Chronotope, by Liisa Steinby, Tintti Klapuri

By Liisa Steinby, Tintti Klapuri

‘Bakhtin and his Others’ goals to increase an realizing of Mikhail Bakhtin’s rules via a contextual procedure, fairly with a spotlight on Bakhtin reviews from the Nineteen Nineties onward. the quantity deals clean theoretical insights into Bakhtin’s rules on (inter)subjectivity and temporality – together with his thoughts of chronotope and literary polyphony – by way of reconsidering his rules when it comes to the assets he employs, and considering later study on comparable subject matters. The case experiences express how Bakhtin's rules, whilst noticeable in gentle of this strategy, may be constructively hired in modern literary research.


‘This quantity keeps a present pattern in Bakhtin scholarship dedicated to contextualizing Bakhtin’s paintings by way of situating his essays not just with recognize to the writings of the Bakhtin circle, but in addition in the wider context of the German philosophical culture and early Soviet literary reports. […] [T]he total caliber of the scholarship is superb, with person participants all mentioning contemporary and pertinent reviews within the field.’ —Tara Collington, ‘Canadian Slavonic Papers’

‘This stimulating assortment will make a special contribution to the examine of Bakhtin’s paintings and its value for literary historians.’ —Professor Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Chair of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary, college of London


Liisa Steinby is Professor of Comparative Literature on the collage of Turku. Her major examine pursuits contain the issues of modernity and subjectivity within the novel from the eighteenth century to the current and comparable questions in literary theory.

Tintti Klapuri is Junior examine Fellow on the division of Comparative Literature on the collage of Turku, Finland. Her learn pursuits comprise Chekhov, temporality and modern Russian literature.

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Of all of the various categories and typologies of the novel proposed in his essay ‘Discourse in the Novel’, Bakhtin (2008c, 392–3) considers the Bildungsroman the most developed and modern type insofar as the protagonist and his place in the novel are concerned. The key figure for Bakhtin is the evolving central character, whose identity interacts with the world. Bakhtin establishes the same criterion for the modern novel as Lukács: the world of the protagonist is not pre-established or settled, and his perception and understanding of it is shaped through his own thoughts and experiences.

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Subjectivity and Temporality in the Novel Bakhtin’s distinction between the monologic and the polyphonic novel – as discussed later in Chapter 3 – is based on the different positions of the subjects in them. Later Bakhtin endows chronotopes with the function of distinguishing between different subgenres of the novel; and in Chapter 7 I endeavour to show that the acting subject is an essential aspect of Bakhtin’s concept of chronotope as well. Before introducing the concept of the chronotope in ‘The Bildungsroman and Its Significance in the History of Realism (Toward a Historical Typology of the Novel)’, Bakhtin discusses the temporality in the novel in the context of Dostoevsky’s novels, and it is here that an affinity to Lukács’ thoughts in The Theory of the Novel is clearly discernable.

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