ERIC Number: ED359502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Bakhtin as a Theory of Reading. Technical Report No. 579.
This paper examines the work of Russian literary critic M. M. Bakhtin as a theory of reading. Focusing on two critical essays, "Discourse in the Novel" and "The Problem of Speech Genres," the paper demonstrates how Bakhtin addresses the three elements of a reading theory--language, representation, and interpretation. Next, the paper compares Bakhtin's theory of reading to those theories of reading put forth by four prominent reader-response critics, Louise Rosenblatt, Stanley Fish, John Swales, and Mary Louise Pratt. The paper concludes with a discussion of the directions in which this analysis of Bakhtin's ideas might lead in reformulating current thinking about reading. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Reading, Urbana, IL.