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Бахтин н предговорите си към съчиненията на Л. Н. Толстой
Bakhtin in the Prefaces to L. N. Tolstoy’s Works

Author(s): Atanas Buchkov
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Mikhail Bakhtin; Leo Tolstoy;

Summary/Abstract: The paper studies Bakhtin’s prefaces to Tolstoy’s dranatic works as well as his novel “Resurrection”. Our aim has been to examine the prefaces in the light of Bakhtin’s early creative heritage in order to point out the fact that there - despite the prevailing opinion - the researcher has remained loyal and true to his “aesthetics of verbal creativity”. The principal landmark in outlining our arguments has been Bakhtin’s concept of the author (“the crisis of authorship”). We have detected it in two principal interrelated directions, both as an analytical instrument and as a criterion of evaluating Tolstoy’s creative works. Thus, the prefaces, on one hand, analytically elucidate the concept of “the crisis of authorship”. On the other hand, however, it is Tolstoy himself who illustrates it - up to the crisis and through it. Hence the assertion that the prefaces have emerged as an essential link in the unity as well as in the development of Bakhtin’s thought.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 64-94
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Bulgarian