The Russian critic M.M. Bakhtin has recently become a major figure in contemporary theory beyond his traditional influence in Slavic literary studies. ""Bakhtin in Contexts"" explores the revolutionary impact Bakhtin's ideas have carried in contemporary discussions of language, art, culture and social science in recent years. The contributors represent a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, epitomizing the views of Russian and American specialists in those fields Bakhtin often referred to as ""the human sciences"".
Amy Mandelker is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York and the author of Framing "Anna Karenina": Tolstoy, the Woman Question and the Victorian Novel.
Introduction - dialogue on every corner, Bakhtin in every class. Part 1 Bakhtin and literary studies: prosaic Bakhtin - ""landmarks"", anti-intelligentsialism and the Russian counter-tradition, Gary Saul Morson; inventing the novel, R. Bracht Branham; response and call - the African American dialogue with Bakhtin and what it signifies, Dale E. Peterson; moral perception and the chronotope - the case of Henry James, Lisa Echstrom. Part 2 Bakhtin and social theory: literature as social knowledge - Mikhail Bakhtin and the re-emergence of the human sciences, Stanley Aronowitz; the postmodern crisis - discourse, parody, memory, Vincent Crapanzano; the emergence of language from dialogue, John Dore; logosphere and semiosphere - Bakhtin, Russian organicism and the semiotics of culture, Amy Mandelker.