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Volume 7 Issue 8

January 2015

A Critique of Mikhail Bakhtin’s “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse”
Mr. Shivanand Sahadu Duthade, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Gram Vikas Sanstha’s Arts College, 
Nandurbar, Maharashtra, India
The essay “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse” (1940) is one of the noteworthy essays ever written by Mikhail Bakhtin. The essay talks about the genre ‘novel’ in general. The novel according to him is such a category which has distinguished features as well as vastly larger varieties and territories. For him, novel is more a force than genre. He has expressed his view about novel’s ‘novelness’ in his present essay “From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse.” He re-emphasized that the novelistic word arose and developed not as a result of narrow literary struggle among tendencies, style, abstract world- views-but rather in a complex century’s long struggle of cultures and languages. It is connected with major shift and crises in the fate of various European languages and the speech life of people and not mere literary style.
Discourse; Novelness; Heteroglossia; Polyglossia; Trilingulism.
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