ERIC Number: ED438544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Distanciation, Appropriation, and Assimilation as Hermeneutical Making of Meaning in the Work of Paul Ricoeur and Mikhail Bakhtin.
McCord, Michael A.
Communication--"real" communication--involves the hearer/reader as much as it involves the speaker/writer. This paper presents some of the ideas regarding the speaker/hearer, writer/reader, and text/meaning relationships in the work of Paul Ricoeur and Mikhail Bakhtin. The paper notes that, though neither of these men thought of themselves as rhetoricians, much of their work has been appropriated by scholars in Rhetoric and Composition Studies precisely because communication has long been a central concern for both Bakhtin and Ricoeur. It also discusses the nature of the relationship between spoken discourse and written discourse, since that relationship is of fundamental importance. The ultimate goal in the paper is to show that, even in theoretical rhetorical systems that are apparently dissimilar, the audience--the reader--is as important in the "construction" of meaning as the reader is in "conveying" meaning. The paper states that there are both differences and similarities between the ideas of Bakhtin and Ricoeur and that, at the outset, their theories will seem incompatible. It then makes an attempt to perform at least a partial synthesis between their ideas. It points to an "intersection" when the two men discuss the importance of the audience in making (as opposed to "taking") meaning from texts. By way of introducing the two theories, the paper offers a simplified "in a nutshell" explanation of to the point of contention. (Contains 14 references.) (NKA)
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