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ERIC Number: EJ1147940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Chronotopoi of the Good Life and Utopia: Bakhtin on Goethe's "Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister" and the Carnivalesque
Franke, Norman
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v49 n9 p879-892 2017
This paper explores Bakhtin's reception of Goethe's "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" with a view to assess how Bakhtin's interest in this early chronotopical masterpiece can be understood in the wider context of his utopian thinking and his political eschatologies. Bakhtin reads Goethe's novel as a critique of totalitarian forms of Socialist Realism as well as Dostoyevsky's bourgeois realism. Like his contemporary Ernst Bloch, Bakhtin praises the complexity and richness of Goethe's concept of realism. In the wake of Hermann Cohen, Georg Simmel and Friedrich Gundolf to whom Bakhtin alludes and whom he quotes, Goethe is regarded as a modern literary and anthropological role model, the epitome of "Bildung." For Bakhtin, Goethe's and Rabelais' writings about the carnivalesque constitute complementary forms of reflection of and agents for social and cultural transformation in modernity.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR
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