The Chronotopic Imagination in Literature and Film

In this contribution, I would like to examine the way in which Bakhtin, in the two essays dedicated to the chronotope, lays the foundations for a theory of literary imagination. […] His concept of the chronotope may be i
In this contribution, I would like to examine the way in which Bakhtin, in the two essays dedicated to the chronotope, lays the foundations for a theory of literary imagination. […] His concept of the chronotope may be interpreted as a contribution to a tradition in which Henri Bergson, William James, Charles Sander Peirce and Gilles Deleuze have been key figures. Like these four authors, Bakhtin is a philosopher in the school of pragmatism. His predilection for what Gary Saul Morson and Caryl Emerson have called “prosaics” puts him right at the heart of a philosophical family that calls forth multiplicity against metaphysical essentialism, and prefers the mundane to the universal. It seems wise to proceed carefully in the attempt to reconstruct Bakhtin’s theory of imagination. In this contribution to the debate, I choose to develop a philosophical dialogue between Bakhtin and the above-mentioned philosophical family. More specifically, it seems to me that the ideal point of departure for examining the way in which Bakhtin attempts to get to the bottom of the mysteries of literary imagination is Gilles Deleuze’s synthesis of Bergson’s epistemological view on knowledge as “the perception of images”, as well as Peirce’s theory of experience based on a typology of images. In the following, I show that Bakhtin’s view of the temporal-spatial constellations in literature demonstrates a strong affinity to the Bergsonian view that perception of the spatial world is colored by the lived time experienced by the observer. Based on this observation, I then develop a typology of images which places the concept of the chronotope in a more systematic framework.
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Author:Bart Keunen
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-245610
URL:http://www.oapen.org/xtf/download?type=document&collection=oapen&docid=377572
ISBN:978-90-382-1563-1
Parent Title (English):Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope : Reflections, Applications, Perspectives
Publisher:Academia Press
Place of publication:Gent
Editor:Nele Bemong, Pieter Borghart, Michel De Dobbeleer, Koen De Temmerman, Kristoffel Demoen, Bart Keunen
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2012/04/03
Tag:Chronotopos
SWD-Keyword:Bachtin, Michail M.; Bergson, Henri; Deleuze, Gilles; Erzähltheorie; Imagination
Pagenumber:21
First Page:35
Last Page:55
Dewey Decimal Classification:801 Literaturtheorie
Sammlungen:Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL-Classification:BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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