The early work of Mikhail Bakhtin is notable for its emphasis on questions in ethics and philosophy. Focusing on these early writings, though also informed by Bakhtin's later works of the early 1970s, the authors in this volume explore the human and prosaic dimensions of ethical and moral dilemmas, whether in the philosophical concerns of the Young Hegelians, the iconography and implicit doctrine of Christian redemption in Dostoevsky's ""Crime and Punishment"", in testimonial accounts of political martyrs in Latin America, or in the nationalist features of Russian Village Prose. Incorporating a variety of disciplinary backgrounds into their essays, including theatre arts, philosophy, history, women's studies, Latin American literature and Russian literature, the authors take Bakhtin's ethics, as articulated in his writings of 1919-1929, and extend them into areas of thought that themselves enter into fruitful dialogue with his theoretical positions, endeavouring at all times to remain cognizant of both Russian and Western views of Bakhtin. The essayists' interactions attest to the productivity of any thoughtful encounter with Bakhtin's work and to the transformational nature of his work's impact on the myriad disciplines that it affects. Bakhtin's thought exerted a profound, systematic influence on many areas of knowledge as they have been configured in the 20th century and, as this volume demonstrates, promises to do the same for the 21st century.
Valerie Z. Nollan is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College and editor and translator of Vladimir Soloukhin's A Time to Gather Stones (1993), also from Northwestern University Press.
Dialogics and dialectics - Bakhtin, young Hegelians and dramatic theory, David Krasner; Bakhtin's ethics and an iconographc standard in ""Crime and Punishment"", Jacqueline A. Zubeck; let us say that there is a human being before me who is suffering - empathy, exotopy and ethics in the reception of Latin American collaborative ""Testimonio"", Kimberly A. Nance; toward a philosophy of the art - Russia as a chronotope in ruralist writing, Valerie Z. Nollan.