English 6352: Topics in Major Figures in Modern Rhetorical Theory: “The Bakhtinian Circle”: Bakhtin, Vološinov, Medvedev
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Office Hours: M 1-3 and by appointment
course will concentrate on intensive readings of the major works of Mikhail
Bakhtin and his colleagues, V. N. Vološinov and P. N.
Medvedev, whose work on “dialogism” is of still
growing importance to researchers in English studies broadly conceived. The
course will also provide some context for the work of the members of the
Bakhtin, M. M. (2002).
The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (M. Holquist,
Ed.; C. Emerson & M. Holquist, Trans.).
Bakhtin, M. M. (1996).
Speech Genres and Other Late Essays (C. Emerson &
M. Holquist, Eds.; V. W. McGee, Trans.).
M.M., & Medvedev, P. N. (1991). The Formal Method
in Literary Scholarship: A Critical Introduction to Sociological Poetics
(A. J. Wehrle, Trans.).
Croce, Bernedetto. (1995). Ćsthetic
as Science of Expression and General Linguistic (D. Ainslie, Trans.).
Farmer, Frank. (Ed.). (1998). Landmark Essays on Bakhtin, Rhetoric, and Writing.
Susan, & Contino, Paul. (2001). Bakhtin
and Religion: A Feeling for Faith.
Michael E., &
Halasek, Kay. (1999). A Pedagogy of Possibility: Bakhtinian
Perspectives on Composition Studies.
Vološinov, V. N. (2000). Marxism and the Philosophy of Language (L. Matejka & I. R. Titunik,
Holquist, Michael. (2002). Dialogism:
Bakhtin and His World (2nd ed.).
Assignments for the course: a discussion facilitation, a 15-20 minute oral presentation, 1 critical review based on the oral presentation, and a seminar paper of publishable length.
Discussion Facilitation 10%
Oral Presentation 20%
Short Paper 1 30%
Seminar Paper 40%
Not completing any of these assignments constitutes grounds for failing the course.
This is a graduate level course: Attendance is mandatory, and active participation is expected.
UTA instructors cannot drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop the course with a “W” by November 14th.
Note: I reserve the right to modify, as necessary, the readings and other assignments listed on this syllabus.
8/25 Introduction to course
9/8 Croce, Part I of Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic
9/15 Saussure, Course in General Linguistics
9/22 *** Thomas, The Linguistic Theories of N. Ja. Marr, Chapters IV-Conclusion
*** Gray, “Totalitarian Logic: Stalin on Linguistics”
9/29 Bakhtin/Medvedev, The Formal Method in Literary Scholarship
10/6 Vološinov, Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
10/13 Bakhtin, “Epic and Novel,” “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse,” and “Discourse in the Novel,” from The Dialogic Imagination
10/20 Bakhtin, “Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel,” from The Dialogic Imagination.
**** Schryer, “Genre Space/Time: Chronotopic Strategies of the Experimental Article.”
10/27 Bakhtin, Speech Genres and Other Essays
11/3 Open date: Seminar Paper proposals due
11/17 Felch & Contino, eds. Bakhtin and Religion
11/24 Farmer, ed. Landmark Essays on Bakhtin, Rhetoric, and Writing (selections):
Schuster, “Mikhail Bakhtin as Rhetorical Theorist.”
Harris, “Bakhtin, Phaedrus, and the Geometry of Rhetoric.”
Cooper, “Dialogic Learning Across Disciplines.”
Bialostosky, “Liberal Education, Writing, and the Dialogic Self.”
“One Student’s Many Voices:
Ewald, “Waiting for Answerability: Bakhtin and Composition Studies.”
12/1 Halasek, A Pedagogy of Possibility
12/8 Final course papers due by
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