Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)

Russian literary theorist whose ideas have significantly affected western thinking since his time. For Bakhtin, true thought is not to be found in the isolated minds of individuals, but at that point of dialogic contact between people engaged in discourse.


Bakhtin was born in Orel, Russia. After graduating from St. Petersburg University in 1918, Bakhtin taught for a time, then moved to Vitebsk and began to write and develop his critical thoeries. Because of Stalinist censorship, however, he often published works under the names of friends. He died in Moscow in 1975.


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