Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art
Chapter 2: Dialogic Materialism: Artist – Artwork – Observer
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Dialogic Materialism: Artist – Artwork – Observer
That anyone who speaks thereby creates is arguably the most radical implication of Bakhtin’s thought and the root concern that unifies his trans-linguistics and his literary meta-criticism. … There is something outrageous in so militantly extended a concept of authorship: it has the effect of abolishing – or at least blurring – the cardinal distinctions between written and spoken texts and aesthetic versus nonaesthetic use of language. In the face of what appears to be a galloping case of hyper-homogenization, it is useful to keep in mind Bakhtin’s predilection for difference, for the unique and the particular. Bakhtin batters at the walls between distinctions, which most of us now feel should be even more sharply distinguished, because he is convinced such differences are epiphenomena of a more fundamental split: the gap between mind and world that manifests itself as a noncoincidence of the self with itself and with others. The suggestion of Bakhtin’s total oeuvre, conceived as a single utterance, is that our ultimate act of authorship results in the text we call our self.
– Michael Holquist84
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