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The Carnival Without Laughter.

Renfrew, Alastair



Carol Adlam

Rachel Falconer

Vitalii Makhlin


Bakhtin studies have been developing steadily since the early 1970s and have reached a point where critical scrutiny of the scholarship being produced within its realm is not only welcome but necessary. At this juncture Mikhail Bakhtin's own fragmentary writings pertain to what Ricceur calls "the enigma of the trace": "to follow a trace is to effect the mediation between the no-longer of the passage and the still of the mark" (quoted by Rachel Falconer in this volume, p. 270). In their efforts to decipher Bakhtin's trace, scholars in Russia and the West are finding themselves face to face, locked in a most productive dialogical confrontation and engaged in the reassessment of his intellectual contribution to a broad range of disciplines, past, present and future. The stated aim of this volume-to "approach both Bakhtin and Bakhtin studies from an unfamiliar and uncomfortable perspective"-is therefore commendable, particularly as a first attempt to create conditions for a possible exchange of points of view by confronting the divide between Russian and Western scholarship.


Renfrew, A. (1997). The Carnival Without Laughter. In C. Adlam, A. Renfrew, R. Falconer, & V. Makhlin (Eds.), Face to Face: Bakhtin in Russia and the West (185-195). Sheffield Academic Press

Publication Date 1997-06
Publisher Sheffield Academic Press
Pages 185-195
Book Title Face to Face: Bakhtin in Russia and the West.
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