This volume celebrates hundred years of Bakhtin’s heritage: in September
13 of 1919 in the literary journal Den Iskusstva (The Day of the Art) was
published the first work of Mikhail Bakhtin, Art and Answerability, the work
that became his literary manifesto.
This book aims to examine the heritage of Mikhail Bakhtin in a variety
of disciplines. To achieve this end, we drew upon colleagues from eight
different countries across the world--United States, Canada, Spain, Great
Britain, France, Russia, Chile, and Japan--in order to bring the widest variety
of points of view on the subject. But we also wanted this book to be more
than just another collection of essays of literary criticism. For this reason
we invited contributions by scholars from different disciplines- -including
theater, translation, and psychology--that is, those who have dealt with
Bakhtin’s heritage and saw its practical application in their fields. Therefore,
some of these chapters are not written in a typical humanist academic scholarly
style. And that is as it should be.