Art and Answerability, the work that would become Mikhail Bakhtin’s literary manifesto, was first published in Den Iskusstva (The Day of the Art) on September 13, 1919. Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Psychology: Art and Answerability celebrates one hundred years of Bakhtin’s heritage.
This unique book examines the heritage of Mikhail Bakhtin in a variety of disciplines. To articulate the enduring relevance and heritage of the varied works of Bakhtin, sixteen scholars from eight countries have come together, and each has brought his/her unique perspective to the subject. Bakhtin’s work in aesthetics, moral philosophy, linguistics, psychology, carnival, cognition, contextualism, and the history and theory of the novel are present here, as understood by a wide variety of distinguished scholars.
Slav N. Gratchev is associate professor of Spanish at Marshall University.Howard Mancing is professor emeritus of Spanish at Purdue University.
This fascinating volume successfully demonstrates the growing influence of Mikhail Bakhtin across diverse disciplines, featuring scholarship in narratology, poetics, film, popular culture, psychology, philosophy, disability studies as well as from a variety of literary traditions. Moreover, it exemplifies Bakhtin’s global impact, including scholars from Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas, and Asia who take up topics that are just as geographically diverse. Its robust global and comparative focus signals the power of Bakhtin’s ideas to continue to inspire creative, new applications that will change how we understand the arts, ourselves, and the world.
In the 80s, rediscovering Bakhtin led criticism out of the post-structuralist 'wilderness.' Now Gratchev and Mancing’s wide-ranging volume rescues us from the crisis in the humanities with a roadmap for deep interdisciplinarity that crisscrosses literature, other arts, philosophy, and psychology. While mirroring Bakhtin’s breadth, this collection finds its underlying leitmotif in his spiritual twin, Miguel de Cervantes. Bravo!