Oxford University Press (2000)

This book is a comparative study in the history of ideas. It is an innovative examination of the intellectual background, affiliations and contexts of two major twentieth-century thinkers and an historical interpretation of their work in aesthetics, cultural theory, literary history, and philosophy. Unlike all existing texts on Lukacs and Bakhtin, this book offers a comparison of their writings at different stages of their intellectual development and in the broad context of the ideas of their time. The book introduces unknown archival material and discusses hitherto disregarded or overlooked texts by Lukacs and Bakhtin. It puts forward new readings of best-known work on Dostoevsky, Rabelais, and Goethe and treats in an original way the question of the coherence of Bakhtin's ouevre. The book offers valuable insight into the sources of Bakhtin's terminological repertoire and through examination of Bakhtin's and Lukacs's intellectual affiliations--of the limits and substance of their originality as thinkers. Lukacs and Bakhtin emerge from the book as thinkers, whose intellectual careers followed strikingly similar paths. They both were confronted with similar agendas and questions posed for them by their time. Bakhtin however, had to find answers not only for this common agenda but also to the answers that Lukacs himself had already provided.
Keywords Lukács, György   Bakhtin, M. M   Criticism   Aesthetics, Modern
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Call number B4815.L84.T55 2000
ISBN(s) 0198187254   0198187254   9780198187257
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Introduction: Choices and Justifications

Three authors are showcased in this book, and their works are analysed for their contributions and ideas to philosophy and literature. One is Lukács, a writer whose works on Marxism influenced many students during his time. Bakhtin was considered a Russian genius of a writer, who was highl... see more


This chapter turns to the form of the works of the featured authors and analyses how they interact with their cultural and political themes. Lukács, for example, draws form from metaphysical aspects as one connects with a superior being, and his own connecting with his own destiny. He also... see more


Dostoevsky was a major influence on both Lukács and Bakhtin. It was through his writings that they attempted to answer questions about the interaction of an individual with his society and between culture and civilization. They also resulted a passionate pursuit for art. For both, Dostoesk... see more

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