Bakhtin’s essay From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse focuses primarily on how a variety of texts from the past come together to create the modern novel. In his essay, “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse,” Mikhail Bakhtin offers a study of novelistic discourse that emphasizes the history. Mikhail Bakhtin: From âThe Prehistory Of Novelistic Discourse’ Mikhail Bakhtin: from âThe Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse’Â I [.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here What we have before us is in fact an image of Lensky’s song, but not an image in the narrow sense; it is rather a novelistic image: In this comic aspect, heroism and strength are retained, but they are combined with laughter and with images from the material life of the body.

He also discusses the idea of polyglassia, which is the coexistence of multiple languages in the same area. You are commenting using your Facebook account. While prehlstory imply irony and imitation, parody is a composition of satire. I will deal only very briefly with the problem of the so-called fourth drama’, that is, the satyr play.

The diwcourse genres are monotonic, while the fourth drama’ and genres akin to it retain the ancient binary tone of the word. You are commenting using your WordPress.

In his essay Bakhtin argues that instead of analyzing the style of a novel, one should instead analyze the intricacies of the language employed within the novel. Notify me of new comments via email. Indirect discourse, however, the representation discourxe another’s word, another’s language in intonational quotation marks, was known in the most ancient times; we encounter it in the earliest stages of verbal culture. In essence this discourse always developed on the boundary line between cultures and languages.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It was the motif of madness that switched the figure of Odysseus from the high and straightforward plane to the comic plane of parody and travesty. The present is what it is because of the past.

Bakhtin – The Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse

The basic tasks for a stylistics in the novel are, therefore: This site uses cookies. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It should be added that the figure of comic Odysseus’, a parodic travesty of his high epic and tragic image, was one of the most popular figures of satyr plays, of ancient Doric farce and pre-Aristophanic comedy, as well as of a whole series of minor comic epics, parodic speeches and disputes doscourse which the comedy of ancient times was so rich especially in southern Italy and Sicily.

Several examples follow that bear witness to their wealth and special significance. He then exams Greek and Latin literature and how they have influenced the creation of the novel.

What is more, this direct imagery often acquires in the novel quite special functions that are not direct. Language in the novel not only represents, but itself serves as the object of representation.

The individual artistic personality of the author, the literary school, the general characteristics of poetic language or of the literary language of a particular era all serve to conceal from us the genre itself, with the specific demands it makes upon language and the specific possibilities it opens up for it.

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As a result, in the majority of these works on the novel, relatively minor stylistic variations – whether individual or characteristic of a particular school – have the effect of completely covering up the major stylistic lines determined by the development of the novel as a unique genre. What is more, these parodic doubles and laughing reflections of the direct word were, in some cases, just as sanctioned by tradition and just as canonized as their elevated models.

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A distance arose between language and reality that was to prove and indispensable condition for authentically realistic forms of discourse.

IIOne of the most ancient and widespread forms for representing the direct word of another is parody. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. According to Bakhtin we must also study speech genres, folk language, etc.

This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your WordPress. It was, therefore, a peculiar type of parodic-travestying contre-partie to the myth that had just received a tragic treatment on the stage; it showed the myth in a different aspect.

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The commentaries, citations, references and allusions made frm these erudites’ add substantially to the fragmented and random material on the gakhtin world’s literature of laughter that has survived.

To a greater or lesser extent, every novel is a dialogized system made up of the images of langauges’, styles and consciousnesses that are concrete and inseparable from language. These methods for making fun of the straightforward word have as yet received little scholarly attention. This novelistic image of another’s style with the direct metaphors that it incorporates must be taken in intonational quotation marks within the system of direct authorial speech postulated by us herethat is, taken as if the image were parodic and ironic.

Pushkin’s direct characterization of Lensky’s song’ – which we find as well in the novel – sounds completely different [6. That is fromm to say that this essay was not interesting and informative.