European Thought and Global Inspiration event

16 Mar 2017
European Thought and Global Inspiration

Thursday 16th March 2017, 5pm in ORB G27, UCC

CASiLaC and THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMAN Present  Dr Barbara Siller

European Thought and Global Inspiration

Utterances, Speech Genres and Heteroglossia.

Mikhail M. Bakhtin and the Idea of Dialogism.

The Russian thinker Mikhail M. Bakhtin (1895-1975) had an impact on a range of scholarly areas, i.e. literary studies, philosophy, semiotics, cultural studies, feminist and post-colonial studies, Marxism and ethics. Perhaps precisely because he had a talent in bringing diverse methods of thinking closer to each other to gain a comprehensive view of the concepts he was interested in. His notion of utterances, speech genres and heteroglossia are based on dialogical thinking which by nature aims at interconnecting different fields. The dialogue and the responsive understanding however do not remain mere linguistic or text-based concepts but assume communicative and ethical value for human beings within ‘real life’. Inclusiveness characterizes many of Bakhtin’s notions: His analysis of language and discourse as polyglot concepts includes ‘the language of the marketplace’, the ‘parody and the laughter of the clown’.

This talk discusses some linguistic and literary concepts by placing particular emphasis on Bakhtin’s ability to cross borders.

Thursday 16th March 2017, 5pm

CACSSS Mary Ryan Seminar Room, ORB G27

This event has been organised by the Department of German and the CASiLaC, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Teangacha, Litríochtaí agus Cultúir

College Road, Cork