9 READING THE OTHER, READING OTHER READINGS: BAKHTIN, WILLA CATHER, AND THE DIALOGICS OF CRITICAL RESPONSE

Christian Moraru

 

A meaning only reveals its depths once it has encountered and come into contact with another, foreign meaning: they engage in a kind of dialogue, which surmounts the closedness and one-sideness of these particular meanings, these cultures. (RQNM, 7)

 

To interpret a text is not to give it a (more or less justified, more or less free) meaning, but on the contrary to appreciate what plural constitutes it. (Barthes 1991, 6)

Pinning down the “three basic characteristics that fundamentally distinguish the novel in principle from other genres”, Bakhtin first draws our attention to “its stylistic multi-dimensionality, which ...

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