Journal article

Performativity and the scope of Bakhtin’s chronotope

John Cook

Australian Slavonic and East European Studies | School of Languages, University of Melbourne | Published : 2019


Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895-1975) was a Soviet thinker who masked his philosophical notions and concepts under the guise of literary theory. Three of the most prominent of those concepts were dialogue, carnival, and the chronotope. This article examines the last of these in the light of selected XXth century thinkers in the domains of ordinary language and identity. This paper uses a passage in Section X of Forms of time and of the chronotope in the novel [FTC] as a focus for an examination of one of the mechanisms that Bakhtin uses in formulating and presenting his theories. The particular mechanism that the paper examines is ‘performativity’ and the theory this mechanism is appli..

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