Bakhtin’s Impact on Postmodern Sensibility

Although active in the debates on aesthetics and literature that took place in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian philosopher, literary critic, semiotician and scholar who worked on literary theory, ethics, and the philosophy of language, became a prominent figure during the postmodern age, with his highly influential concepts of dialogism,… Read More Bakhtin’s Impact on Postmodern Sensibility

Julia Kristeva: Intertextuality

A term popularised by Julia Kristeva in her analysis of Bakhtin’s concepts Dialogism and Carnival, intertextuality is a concept that informs structuralist poststructuralist deliberations in its contention that individual texts are inescapably related to other texts in a matrix of irreducible plural and provisional meanings, The term is used to signify the multiple ways in… Read More Julia Kristeva: Intertextuality

Structuralism

The advent of critical theory in the post-war period, which comprised various complex disciplines like linguistics, literary criticism, Psychoanalytic criticism, structuralism postcolonialism etc., proved hostile to the liberal consensus which reigned the realm of criticism between the 19305 and `50s. Among these overarching discourses, the most controversial were the two intellectual movements, structuralism and poststructuralism… Read More Structuralism