Mikhail Bakhtin was a Soviet academic who published mainly in the field of literature criticism, with important works on the polyvocality with Dostoyevsky’s novels, and the role of Carnival in the work of Rabelais. However his approach has influence far beyond the humanities, and has influenced developments in linguistics and in psychotherapy.

Here is a brief introduction to the world of Bakhtin’s ideas from Martin Irvine of Georgetown University.

*Gardiner, M. (1988). “The incomparable monster of solipsism: Bakhtin and Merleau-Ponty.Bakhtin and the Human Sciences, Sage, London, 128-144.

Of particular interest is the notion of Dialogism, as it has been developed by Per Linell, within linguistics. Here is an Introduction to Dialogism by Per Linell.

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