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Dialogic Materialism

Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art


Miriam Jordan-Haladyn

Dialogic Materialism: Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art argues for the relevance of Mikhail Bakhtin’s theories of dialogism as a means of examining the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary moving image art forms. The volume comprises six chapters divided into two sections. The first section, Part I, illustrates the key concepts in Bakhtin’s multifaceted dialogism and develops these ideas in relation to moving image art. The main focus of this first part is the proposal of what the author terms dialogic materialism, which builds upon the Marxism inherent in Bakhtin, examining the material processes of cultural exchange with a particular emphasis on multi-perspective subjective relations. Part II consists of case studies that apply dialogic materialism to the moving image artwork of three artists: Stan Douglas, Jamelie Hassan and Chris Marker. Applying Bakhtinian theory to the field of the visual arts provides a means of examining the fundamentally dialogic nature of moving image art making and viewing, a perspective that is not fully developed within the existing literature.
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Jordan-Haladyn, Miriam. Dialogic materialism: Bakhtin, embodiment, and moving image art / Miriam Jordan-Haladyn. p. cm. — (American University studies. v, Philosophy; Vol. 215) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Bakhtin, M. M. (Mikhail Mikhailovich), 1895-1975. 2. Art—Philosophy—History—20th century. I. Title. BH221.R84J67 701—dc23 2013042402 ISBN 978-1-4331-2445-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1227-0 (e-book) ISSN 0739-6392

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Jamelie Hassan, Palestine’s Children, 1991; glazed ceramic tile, 25.5 x 19 cm; number 3 in a series of tiles based on paintings by Salwa al Sawalhy, resident of Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip; © 2013 Jamelie Hassan, London, Ontario

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