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The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative

R. Bracht Branham (ed.)
 

Series: Ancient Narrative Supplementum 3

ISBN-10: 9077922008

ISBN-13: 9789077922002

Publication year: 2005

Publication type: Book

Pages: XXIV, 347

Cover: Hardcover

Format: 175 x 245 x 28 mm; 846 g

Price excl. VAT: 80.00

Price incl. VAT: 84.80

Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895-1975) has become a name to conjure with. We know this because he is now one of those thinkers everyone already knows-without necessarily having to read much of him! Doesn't everyone now know how polyphony functions, what carnival means, why language is dialogic but the novel more so, how chronotopes make possible any "concrete artistic cognition" and that utterances give rise to genres that last thousands of years, "always the same but not the same"? Like Marx and Freud in the twentieth century, or Plotinus and Plato in the fourth, a familiarity with Bakhtin's thinking is so commonly assumed, at least in the Humanities, as to be taken for granted. He is no longer an author but a field of study in his own right. As Craig Brandist (of the Bakhtin Centre at Sheffield University) reports: "the works of the [Bakhtin] Circle are still appearing in Russian and English, and are already large in number...There are now several thousand works about the Bakhtin Circle."

The freedom given to contributors to address any text or topic under the general rubric of "The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative" has produced a remarkable variety of essays ranging widely over different periods, genres, and cultures. While most of the contributors chose to explore Bakhtin's theory of genre or to take issue with his account of one genre, Greek romance, the remaining contributions defy such convenient categories. What all the essays share with one another (and those collected in Bakhtin and the Classics) is the attempt to engage Bakhtin as a reader and thinker.

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Contents

The Bakhtin Circle and Ancient Narrative XI

GENRE: THEORY AND PRACTICE 1

R. BRACHT BRANHAM
The Poetics of Genre: Bakhtin, Menippus, Petronius 3

KEVIN CORRIGAN & ELENA GLAZOV-CORRIGAN
Plato's Symposium and Bakhtin's theory of the dialogical character
of novelistic discourse 32

AHUVIA KAHANE
Epic, Novel, Genre: Bakhtin and the Question of History 51

GARY SAUL MORSON
Genre, Aphorism, Herodotus 74

REREADING BAKHTIN ON ANCIENT FICTION 105

TIM WHITMARSH
Dialogues in love: Bakhtin and his critics on the Greek novel 107

JENNIFER R. BALLENGEE
Below the Belt: Looking into the Matter of Adventure-Time 130

STEVEN D. SMITH
Bakhtin and Chariton: A Revisionist Reading 164

MARIA PLAZA
The limits of polyphony: Dostoevsky to Petronius 193

CENTRIFUGAL VOICES 225

RICHARD FLETCHER
Kristeva's Novel: Genealogy, Genre, and Theory 227

FRANCESCA D'ALESSANDRO BEHR
Open Bodies and Closed Minds?
Persius' Saturae in the light of Bakhtin and Voloshinov 260

CHRISTINE MITCHELL
Bakhtin and the Ideal Ruler in 1-2 Chronicles and the Cyropaedia 297

FRANCIS DUNN
Narrative, Responsibility, Realism 320

Indices 341
Index locorum 341
General index 342

Acknowledgments 349

Reviews

- Catherine Salles, Latomus 67,1 (2008), 238-239
- Marcos Carmignani, Ordia Prima 6 (2007), 237-243
- K. de Temmerman, L'Antiquité Classique 76 (2007), 272-276
- M. Leonard, The Classical Review 57,1 (2007), 67-68
- Stefan Tilg, Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft (2007), LX, 1/2, 82-86 
- Anton Bierl, Museum Helveticum (2006), 63, 226-228

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