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Bakhtin and the Visual Arts

Bakhtin and the Visual Arts


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 assesses the relevance of Mikhail Bakhtin's ideas as they relate to painting and sculpture. First published in the 1960s, Bakhtin's writings introduced the concepts of carnival and dialogue or dialogism, which have had significant impact in such diverse fields as literature and literary theory, philosophy, theology, biology and psychology. In his four early aesthetic essays, written between 1919 and 1926, and before he began to focus on linguistic and literary categories, Bakhtin worked on a larger philosophy of creativity, which was never completed. Deborah Haynes's in-depth 1995 study of his aesthetics, especially his theory of creativity, analyses its applicability to contemporary art theory and criticism. The author argues that Bakhtin, with such categories as answerability, outsideness and unfinalizability, 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: 259 x 178 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • 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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