Mikhail Bakhtin | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gary Saul Morson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Mikhail Bakhtin.
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Critical Essay by Gary Saul Morson

SOURCE: Morson, Gary Saul. “Strange Synchronies and Surplus Possibilities: Bakhtin on Time.” Slavic Review 52, no. 3 (autumn, 1993): 477-493.

In the following essay, Morson discusses Bakhtin's fascination with indeterminism and his concept of “open time” in narrative.

We live forward, but we understand backward.

—Kierkegaard

Bakhtin must surely be regarded as the most remarkable modern thinker to examine time in narrative.1 For him, the problem was no mere exercise in literary theory. Rather, it was a way to examine ultimate questions—or in the Russian phrase, “accursed” questions—about human existence. In this respect, his work is representative of the Russian tradition, in which literature and criticism served as forms of—a skeptic would say, substitutes for—philosophy. In this Russian view, the task of...

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