The Thought of Mikhail Bakhtin: From Word to Culture

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Occupying a still evolving but clearly established place in 20th- century intellectual history, the great Russian thinker Mikhail Bakhtin is best characterized as a philosopher of dialogue or human communication. Within Bakhtin's body of thought are numerous insights in the fields of linguistics and semiotics, literary theory and poetics. From their linked perspectives The Thought of Mikhail Bakhtin approaches its subject, concentrating on problems of language and literature. Beginning with Bakhtin's assumption that the word represents the fundament of all human communication, this study proceeds to take up his understanding of the novel, regarded by him as the quintessential modern text.