lundi 5 juillet 2010
Dominick LaCapra, HISTORY, POLITICS AND THE NOVEL, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1987
If there is one general notion if not "theory' of the novel that is especially active in my analyses, it is Mikhail Bakhtin's understanding of the novel as a self-contestatory, carnivalising genre that tests the limits of generic classification and enacts a dialogical interplay of often dissonant "voices" and ideological currents. This is a "theory" which, despite its difficulties, provides a measure of orientation in research while resisting full closure or "monologism" in one's understanding of novelistic discourse. My own instistence upon the intricate and variable interaction of symptomatic, critical, and possibly transformative elements in the novel's relation to its pertinent contexts may itself be read as an attempt to inflect this "theory" in more insistently political and historical directions.