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Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics
by Mikhail Bakhtin
University of Minnesota Press, 1984
Paper: 978-0-8166-1228-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8166-1227-7
Library of Congress Classification PG3328.Z6B2413 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.733

This book is not only a major twentieth-century contribution to Dostoevsky’s studies, but also one of the most important theories of the novel produced in our century. As a modern reinterpretation of poetics, it bears comparison with Aristotle.“Bakhtin’s statement on the dialogical nature of artistic creation, and his differentiation of this from a history of monological commentary, is profoundly original and illuminating. This is a classic work on Dostoevsky and a statement of importance to critical theory.” Edward Wasiolek“Concentrating on the particular features of ‘Dostoevskian discourse,’ how Dostoevsky structures a hero and a plot, and what it means to write dialogically, Bakhtin concludes with a major theoretical statement on dialogue as a category of language. One of the most important theories of the novel in this century.” The Bloomsbury Review

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