As interest in the work of Bakhtin grows there is an increasing demand for a well organized, readable text which explains his main ideas and relates them to current social and cultural theory. This book is designed to supply this demand. Elegantly written with the needs of the student coming to Bakhtin for the first time in mind, it provides the essential guide to this important and neglected thinker.

chapter |8 pages


chapter Chapter 1|23 pages

9The 1920s writings

chapter Chapter 2|27 pages

32The 1930s and 1940s writings

chapter Chapter 3|40 pages

The Bakhtin Circle and the theory of ideology

chapter Chapter 4|42 pages

Bakhtin's critical hermeneutics

chapter Chapter 5|26 pages

Bakhtin, ideology and neo-structuralism

chapter Chapter 6|29 pages

167Towards a dialogical ideological criticism