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Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics

ISBN13: 9780804718219
ISBN: 0804718210
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $80.0
Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Published Date:
Pages: 542
Average Goodreads rating: 4.24/5

Books about thinkers require a kind of unity that their thought may not possess. This cautionary statement is especially applicable to Mikhail Bakhtin, whose intellectual development displays a diversity of insights that cannot be easily integrated or accurately described in terms of a single overriding concern. Indeed, in a career spanning some sixty years, he experienced both dramatic and gradual changes in his thinking, returned to abandoned insights that he then developed in unexpected ways, and worked through new ideas only loosely related to his earlier concernsSmall wonder, then, that Bakhtin should have speculated on the relations among received notions of biography, unity, innovation, and the creative process. Unityas well as that of other thinkers whose careers are comparably varied and productive.