The Bakhtin Circle - Philosophy, Culture and Politics, by Craig Brandist
Published by Pluto Press in 2002, 221 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3635)
Brand New Book
Mikhail Bakhtin and the group of thinkers known as the Bakhtin Circle have had a massive influence on contemporary literary and cultural theory. Bakhtin is recognized as perhaps the key theorist on the novel as a genre, and his writings on carnival in popular culture are a recurrent theme in cultural studies. The influence of the Circle has recently spread into social theory, philosophy and pschology, which means that a narrow literary approach is now inadequate for fully understanding the breadth of their ideas.
Moreover, research has revolutionized our understanding of the work of the Bakhtin Circle, as re-translation has revealed the extent to which the corpus of Bakhtin's work was in fact an extraordinary collaborative venture, originating from a collective of scholars.
This book brings together this research on the Circle, setting it within a historical and intellectual context and emphasizing the importance of the work of the Circle as a whole. It offers an examination of the significance of Bakhtin's legacy, and brings into clearer focus the contribution of others in the circle including Voloshinov, Medvedev, Pumpianskii and Kagan.