Bakhtin’s essay From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse focuses primarily on how a variety of texts from the past come together to create the modern novel. In his essay, “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse,” Mikhail Bakhtin offers a study of novelistic discourse that emphasizes the history. Mikhail Bakhtin: From âThe Prehistory Of Novelistic Discourse’ Mikhail Bakhtin: from âThe Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse’Â I [.

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These methods for making fun of the straightforward word have as yet received little bakhtinn attention. They liberated the object from the power of language in which it had become entangled as if in a net; they destroyed the homogenizing power of myth over language; they freed consciousness from the power of the direct word, destroyed the thick walls that had imprisoned consciousness within its own discourse, within its own language.

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Until quite recently this figure lived on in the Turkish game of shadow puppets’. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: These novelisfic factors in the prehistory of novelistic discourse are the subject of the present article. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Novelistic Techniqueby Ralph E.

Novelistic discourse is always criticizing itself. Bakhtinn leaves us with the fact that we have touched upon two of many factors that were at work in the prehistory of novelistic discourse. Bakhtin spent page after page talking directly and indirectly about the nature and use of parody, even going into its early use in the Middle Age carnival. He then exams Greek and Latin literature and how they have influenced the creation of the novel. Email required Address never made public.


This novelistic image of another’s style with bakhtkn direct metaphors that it prehostory 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.

Under conditions of the novel every direct word – epic, lyric, strictly dramatic – is to a greater or lesser degree made into an object, the word itself becomes a bounded [ogranicennij] image, one that quite often appears ridiculous in this framed condition.

It was, therefore, a peculiar type of parodic-travestying contre-partie to the myth that had just received a tragic treatment on the stage; it showed the myth in a different aspect.

The commentaries, citations, references and allusions made by these erudites’ add substantially to the fragmented and random material discoufse the ancient world’s literature of laughter that has survived.

Odysseus, as is well known, donned a clown’s fool’s cap pileus and harnessed his horse and ox to a plow, pretending to be mad in order to avoid participation in the war. The prehistory of novelistic discourse is of great interest and not without its own special drama. In his essay Bakhtin argues that instead of analyzing the style of a novel, one should instead analyze the intricacies of the language employed within the novel. Rarely do these theoreticians focus on the notion of the comedy, specifically, and it was an interesting notion as to attribute discours to the inception of the early novel.

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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.


In stating this, Bakhtin seems to be saying that the history of different languages and cultures and the works they created contribute to the current form of the novel today. In addition, Bakhtin states, novelistic discourse should be closely related to language and especially the changes that take place within language. Take, for example, the parodic sonnets with which Don Quixote begins.

Parody within the novel is a parody about an object like the use of parody in other genres but this parody itself becomes an object.

Bakhtin – The Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse

In a parody on the sonnet, we must first of all recognize a sonnet, recognize its form, its specific style, its manner of seeing, its manner of selecting from and evaluating the world – the world view of the sonnet, as it were. Email required Address never made public. But the novel is comparatively recent genre. Moreover, in the process of literary creation, languages interanimate each other and objectify precisely that side of one’s own and of the other’ s language that pertains to its world view, its inner form, the axiologically accentuated system inherent in it.

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He argues that in analyzing particular stylistic aspects of a novel, one emerges with a much limited view of a work. All great things evolve. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here