Bakhtin Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Bakhtin Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1780765126

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Visionary philosopher and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) was largely ignored during his lifetime yet his oeuvre has significantly impacted how we think about visual culture. His ideas renewed interest in the word-forming potential of the creative voice and he developed concepts which are bywords within poststructuralist and new historicist literary criticism and philosophy yet have been under-utilized by artists, art historians and art critics. Deborah J. Haynes aims to adapt Bakhtin's concepts, particularly those developed in his later works, to an analysis of visual culture and art practices, addressing the integral relationship of art with life, the artist as creator, reception and the audience, and context/intertextuality. This provides both a new conceptual vocabulary for those engaged in visual culture – ideas such as answerability, unfinalizability, heteroglossia, chronotope and the carnivalesque (defined in the glossary) – and a new, practical approach to historical analysis of generic breakdown and narrative re-emergence in contemporary art.

Deborah J. Haynes uses Bakhtinian concepts to interpret a range of art from religious icons to post-Impressionist painters and Russian modernists to demonstrate how the application of his thought to visual culture can generate significant new insights. Rehabilitating some of Bakhtin's neglected ideas and reframing him as a philosopher of aesthetics, Bakhtin Reframed will be essential reading for the huge community of Bakhtin scholars as well as students and practitioners of visual culture.

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had no personal experience of the modern art 67 The artist world in which egos have such play and prominence. If asked to offer his advice about such matters, I imagine that Bakhtin’s answer would echo Caryl Emerson’s assessment of his core values: ‘Develop the ability or desire to linger over something long enough to know it’ (1997: x). This advice – to foster depth of engagement over time – might never lead to the ego aggrandisement that comes from worldly success and renown. Such concerns

race and class issues are especially pertinent for these kinds of analyses. And I am convinced that Bakhtin’s theories of the novel are relevant here. Writing about the historical typology of the novel, Bakhtin defined numerous major types, including the travel novel, novel of ordeal, biographical novels, adventure novel, romances, and the novel of education or emergence (1986: 10–59). These types are primarily determined by plot, conceptions of the world and particular types of composition. He

change and transformation. Chapter 6 Context, reception and audience Artist Joseph Beuys (1921–86) defined social sculpture as an interdisciplinary and participatory process in which everyone is an artist. Instead of viewing the aesthetic as a narrow realm where particular media or particular individuals are valorised, he wanted to connect the aesthetic to the ethical, though this is my language, not his. The term ‘social sculpture’ was multivalent for Beuys and remains so in contemporary

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