The chapter talks about what a novel is. It is a narrative genre of chronotopes, it states. It uses two weapons: dialogism and chronotope. Whenever Bakhtin spoke of dialogism, he did not speak of narrative and vice versa. Thus, when dialogism is Bakhtin’s chosen theme, narrative appears as a hazard and a danger. However, narrative remains central to the conception of dialogism itself. It is the key to authorial perspective. By his account, the ‘modern novel of becoming’ combined a passion for the historical movement and the biographical novel. It appears to do no more than be faithful to a profoundly changing history. The point is that particulars such as conception of life or happiness should not be isolated. He realized that historical movement was ‘chronotopic’ rather than a matter of pure personalities. It would seem that he believed that a novelized culture could be constructed beyond the borders of politics.
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