Bakhtin’s essay From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse focuses primarily on how a variety of texts from the past come together to create the modern novel. In his essay, “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse,” Mikhail Bakhtin offers a study of novelistic discourse that emphasizes the history. Mikhail Bakhtin: From âThe Prehistory Of Novelistic Discourse’ Mikhail Bakhtin: from âThe Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse’Â I [.

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He begins his essay by outlining the history of the novel, as well as the history of and introduction to the study of novelistic discourse. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He th discusses the idea of polyglassia, which is the coexistence of multiple languages in the same area.

From our point of view, however, two of these factors prove to be of decisive importance: Polyglossia and the interanimation of languages associated with it elevated these forms to a new artistic and ideological level, which made possible the genre of the novel. The first part is an frpm to novelistic discourse; Bakhtin introduces the five stylistic approaches to novelistic discourse and differentiates the novel from other forms of writing.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. The literature of erudition’ of late antiquity – Aulus GelliusPlutarch in his MoraliaMacrobius and, in particular, Athenaeus – provide sufficiently noovelistic data for judging the scope and special character of the parodying and travestying literature of ancient times.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Lensky’s represented poetic speech is very distant from the direct prehistoru of the author himself as we have postulated it: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It is our conviction that there never was a single strictly straightforward genre, no single type of direct discourse – artistic, rhetorical, philosophical, religious, ordinary everyday – that did not have its own parodying and travestying double, its own comic-ironic contre-partie.


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This is, for the creating consciousness, a highly peculiar position to find itself in with regard to language. This is an image of the Homeric style. The present is what it is because of the past. Bakhtin; The Bakhtin Reader Documents.

You are commenting using your WordPress. What I got lost in was the myriad examples Bakhtin employed to illustrate his point. He sang love, he was obedient to love,And his song was as clearAs the thoughts of a simple maid,As an infant’s dream, as the moon[ Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Notify me of new comments via email. Language in the novel not only represents, but itself serves as the object of representation. Mr WordPress on Hello world! What we have before us is in fact an image of Lensky’s song, but not an image in the novvelistic sense; it is rather a novelistic image: But the most popular figure of the satyr play and other forms of the parodic travestying word was the figure of the comic Hercules’.

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Bakhtin – The Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse

Let us first take up the ancient period. Our general conceptions of parody and travesty in literature were formed as a scholarly discipline solely by studying very late forms of literary parody, forms of the type represented by Scarron’s Enide travestie, or Platen’s Verhngnisvolle Gabel’that is, the impoverished and limited conceptions of the nature of the parodying and travestying word were then retroactively applied to the supremely rich and varied world of parody and travesty in previous ages.


This latecomer reflects, in its stylistic structure, the struggle between two tendencies in the languages of European peoples: Discourwe its germination and early development, the novelistic word reflected a primordial struggle between fro, peoples, cultures and languages – it is still full of echoes of this ancient struggle.

Hercules, the powerful and simple servant to the cowardly, weak and false king Euristheus; Hercules, who had conquered death in battle and had descended into the nether world; Hercules the monstrous glutton, the playboy, the drunk and scrapper, but especially Hercules the madman – such were the motifs that lent a comic aspect to his image. Bakhtin Discourse in the Novel Documents. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

The commentaries, citations, references and allusions made by these erudites’ add substantially to the fragmented and random material on the ancient world’s literature of laughter that has survived. This problem is of primary thf for understanding the style and historical destinies of the modern European novel, that is, the novel since the seventeenth century. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log discorse