Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin: Experience and Form
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Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin: Experience and Form

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This first comparative study of philosophers and literary theorists Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin examines the relationship between the experience of the modern world and the forms that we use to make sense of that experience. Analyzing their views on art, habit, tradition, and language, this comparative study results in a radical reconsideration of received views ab...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published February 19th 2007)
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Okan Ciftci
This is a very key and fundamental book bringing two great thinkers of 20th centuries.

As a personal experience before reading this book I read a lot Bakhtin however after reading this book I changed my direction to Benjamin.

Why these two thinkers are brought together? The answer is experiencing almost the same conditions of life and conceptualizing them through different concepts. Juxtaposing these concepts together sparkles lights in the minds of readers.

So at times I read books on performance theory to keep up with what is going on in that world. I have read and known Bakhtin for a while. (I probably referenced him 50 times in my master's thesis) I always thought that Walter Benjamin would be a good person to coalesce some ideas with Bakhtin. Mr. Murray did a good job introducing the theorist's ideas while expounding on how they can be used together with mixed results. I doubt a single soul on my friend's list would dare to read this though.
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