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Bakhtin and the Visual Arts

Bakhtin and the Visual Arts

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521066044

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  • Bakhtin and the Visual Arts is the first book to assess the relevance of Mikhail Bakhtin's ideas as they relate to painting and sculpture. Deborah Haynes' in-depth study of Bakhtin's aesthetics, especially his theory of creativity, analyzes its applicability to contemporary art theory and criticism. With such categories as answerability, outsideness and unfinalizability, Bakhtin, the author posits, offers a conceptual basis for interpreting the moral dimensions of creative activity.

    • First book-length study of Bakhtin in relation to visual arts and aesthetics
    • First book to focus on the early aesthetic essays
    • Not only demonstrates direct application of Bakhtin's ideas for interpreting works of art, but also addresses broader questions regarding the moral and religious dimensions of creativity
    • Diverse examples of works of art drawn from Russian, European and US art history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Haynes has raised enough questions here to confirm that the work of the Bakhtin circle will provide one crucial resource for a more satisfactory understanding of the artist and the related but distinct problem of social action.' Oxford Art Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521066044
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Context:
    1. Introduction
    2. Bakhtin's historical and intellectual milieu
    Part II. Bakhtin's Theory of Creativity:
    3. Answerability
    4. Outsideness
    5. Un/finalizability
    Part III. The Usefuleness of Bakhtin's Aesthetics:
    6. Interpreting works of art
    7. Bakhtin and postmodern art theory.

  • Author

    Deborah J. Haynes, Washington State University

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