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He leaves us with the fact that we have touched upon two of many factors that were at work in the prehistory of novelistic discourse. According. Mikhail Bakhtin: From âThe Prehistory Of Novelistic Discourse’ Mikhail Bakhtin: from âThe Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse’Â I [. In his essay, “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse,” Mikhail Bakhtin offers a study of novelistic discourse that emphasizes the history.

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On Canetti’s Novelistic Sign Documents. All directly descriptive and expressive means at the disposal of these genres, as well as the genres themselves, become upon entering the novel an object of representation within it.

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He begins his essay by outlining the history of the novel, as well as the history of and introduction to the study of novelistic discourse. In the four lines cited by us above it is Lensky’s song itself, his voice, his poetic style that sounds, but it is permeated with the parodic and ironic accents of the author; that is the reason why it need not be distinguished from authorial speech by compositional or grammatical means.

This is, for the creating consciousness, a highly peculiar position to find itself in with regard to language. When taken together with such figures as the comic Odysseus’ and the comic Hercules’, the fourth drama’, which was an indispensable conclusion to the tragic trilogy, indicates that the literary consciousness of the Greeks did not view the parodic-travestying reworkings of national myth as any particular profanation or blasphemy.

Download as for upgraded members. And all the while discourse in the novel has been living a life that is distinctly its own, a life that is impossible to understand from the point of view of stylistic categories formed on the basis of poetic genres in the narrow sense of disvourse term.


From fragments of Aeschylus’ satyr play The Bone-Gatherers’ we see that this drama gave a parodic, travestying picture of the events and heroes of the Trojan War, and particularly the episode involving Odysseus’ quarrel with Achilles and Diomedes, where a stinking chamber pot is thrown discoourse Odysseus’ head. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Bakhtin spent page after page talking directly and indirectly about the nature and novelistc of parody, even going into its early use in the Middle Age carnival.

Email required Address never made public. In the second section he discusses parody, sonnet, tragedies, etc. 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.

It should be added that the figure of comic Odysseus’, a parodic travesty of ffrom high epic od 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 in which the comedy of ancient times was so rich especially in discoursee Italy and Sicily.

Homer is also credited with a comic work a long poem about the fool Margit. Thus he wrote gloomily and languidly [ The poetic metaphors in these lines as an infant’s dream’, as the moon’ and others no way function here as the primary means of representation as they would function in a direct, serious’ song written by Lensky himself ; rather they crom have here become the object of representation, or more precisely of a representation that is parodied and stylized.

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. Fill in your prdhistory below or click an icon to log in:.


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This entry was posted in Uncategorized. It was not, after all, the heroes who were parodied, nor the Trojan War and its participants; what was parodied was only its epic heroization; not Hercules and its exploits but their tragic heroization.

What is more, this direct imagery often acquires in the novel quite special functions that are not direct. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: We would have to say the same of Scarron’s Virgil travesti. A distance arose between language and reality that was to prove and indispensable condition for authentically realistic forms of discourse.

Yuri Bakhtin, Ergodic theory of the Documents. These diverse forms prepared the ground for the novel long before its actual appearance.

Bakhtin – The Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse

What Noovelistic got lost in was the myriad examples Bakhtin employed to illustrate his point. Discourse in the Novel – Mikhail Bakhtin Documents. He sang love, he was obedient to love, And his song was as clear As the thoughts of a simple maid, As an infant’s dream, as the moon[ Bakhtin; The Bakhtin Reader Documents.

Language in the novel not only represents, but itself serves as the object of representation.

Mikhail Bakhtin: From ‘the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse’

You are commenting using your WordPress. A parody may represent and ridicule these distinctive features of the sonnet well or badly, profoundly or superficially. Notify me of new comments via email. The penultimate section of the essay focuses ancient Bovelistic literature and stories, specifically parody sonnets, and acknowledges its impact on the current discourse in novels.