Ken Hirschkop’s “new Bakhtin” for the English-speaking students

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Oleg Osovsky
Svetlana Dubrovskaya
Vera Kirzhaeva
Elizaveta Maslova


A review of Hirschkop K. The Cambridge Introduction to Mikhail Bakhtin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.  xvi, 250 p. (Cambridge Introductions to Literature).

Speaking today about the importance of Mikhail Bakhtin's ideas for the humanities is restating the obvious. The book by the renowned Canadian literary and cultural studies scholar Professor K. Hirschkop, The Cambridge Introduction to Mikhail Bakhtin (2021), aims at a systematic description of M.M. Bakhtin's scholarly legacy for the English-speaking reader, primarily for students. In our view, in this edition, the author solves both the traditional tasks of a textbook-reference book, written in the genre of "Introduction," and the research tasks. The Russian thinker's theory and practice analysis is presented based on the texts of his Collected Works, which, according to Hirschkop, form an image of a "new" Bakhtin. The tried and tested scheme of the Cambridge Introduction enables the author to draw a concise sketch of the scholar's life, outline the main sources and contexts of his scholarly quest, analyze key ideas and works, and describe the process of Bakhtin’s reception in the English-speaking world.

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Osovsky, O., Dubrovskaya, S., Kirzhaeva, V., & Maslova, E. (2022). Ken Hirschkop’s “new Bakhtin” for the English-speaking students. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal, 10.
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Oleg Osovsky, Mordovian State Pedagogical Institute

Oleg Osovsky works as a chief research fellow at the Mordovia State Pedagogical University in Saransk. He is a Dr. of Philology. Professor Osovsky is the author of several books on M. Bakhtin’s ideas and their reception in Anglo-American humanities and Russian émigré schools in Europe.

Svetlana Dubrovskaya, National Research Mordovia State University, Saransk, Russia

Svetlana Dubrovskaya is a professor at National Research Ogarev Mordovia State University. She specializes in Russian literature of the 19th-20th century, the scholarly legacy of M. M. Bakhtin, particularly a study of the functioning of ‘laughter’ in Russian literary consciousness, and methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language. Professor Dubrovskaya has more than 100 academic and methodological publications.

Vera Kirzhaeva, National Research Mordovia State University, Saransk, Russia

Vera Kirzhaeva works as a professor of Russian at National Research Ogarev Mordovia State University. She is a Doctor of Pedagogy. Her main research interests are Bakhtin Studies, Russian émigré education in 1920-40s, and Russian intellectual history.

Elizaveta Maslova, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Elizaveta Maslova works as an associate professor at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Philology. Her special interests include teaching English as a foreign language, Bakhtin Studies, and contemporary US novels.


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