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Mikhail Bakhtin: An Aesthetic for Democracy

Ken Hirschkop


This book makes a break with earlier interpretations of Bakhtin’s work. Using recent Russian scholarship, it explodes many of the myths which have surrounded Bakhtin and his work, and lays the ground for a new, more historically acute sense of his achievement. Through a comprehensive reading of Bakhtin’s work, the book demonstrates that his discussion of the philosophy of language, literary history, popular festive culture, and the phenomenology of everyday life revolved around a lifelong search for a new kind of modern ethical culture. A detailed examination of the major works reveals the car ... More

Keywords: Bakhtin, philosophy of language, literary history, popular festive culture, phenomenology, everyday life, modern ethical culture, historical conflicts, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Hirschkop, author
University of Manchester