CFP: [Theory] Mikhail Bakhtin

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Kailash C. Baral
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The CIEFL Bulletin is an interdisciplinary journal related to language
learning, teaching, linguistics, literary and cultural studies published
by the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad,
India. The articles published in the journal are abstracted in Language
and Language Behaviour Abstracts (USA) and indexed in the MLA
Bibliography and similar publications. From time to time the journal
publishes special volumes on themes and theorists of contemporary
significance. Keeping with the tradition of the journal a special volume
is proposed on Mikhail M. Bakhtin.

Mikhail M. Bakhtin ( 1895-1975) for most part of his life lived in
obscurity, but survived the oppressive regime of Stalin. Only after his
death in 1975 that he drew world wide attention as a thinker and critical
theorist. Bakhtin’s critical oeuvre covers a wide range of themes
starting with the social context of language, to proposing a sociopetics
of the novel as a genre. For him language as discourse functions within
an interplay of conflicting ideologies and interests and unfolds in a
heterglot, dialogic force field that undercuts the impersonal and
prevocal contexts of structuralist and poststructuralist traditions.
Moving from the discourse of language to the novel, Bakhtin argues
that “Between any word and its object, between any word and its speaking
subject, between any word and its active respondent(s)…there exists “an
elastic environment of other, alien words about the same object”; and
this constitutes “dialogically agitated and tension-filled environment of
alien words, value judgments and accents” that in a complex manner finds
its most artistic expression in the novel. Although language is central
to Bakhtin’s theory of the novel, it goes beyond it. His thesis of the
novel basically relies on three concepts: Carnival that negates official
culture, political oppression and totalitarian order through laughter,
parody and grotesque realism; Chronotape that underlines the
interconnectedness of time and space that constitutes literary genres and
finally, Dialogism of Language, that signifies “intense interanimation
and struggle between one’s own word and another word”. Bakhtin’s theories
whether on language or the novel not only opens up new frontiers in
critical theorization but also have been relevant in a significant way to
the postcolonial theory and contexts.

The papers solicited for the volume could be on any aspect of Bakhtin’s
critical theory if possible with reference to postcolonial studies today.
Although no specific length is prescribed or word limit suggested ideally
an article should be between 15-20 double spaced typed pages. The latest
M.LA style sheet should be followed for citations, works cited and
references. Please send your article as an e-mail attachment to or mail2 A hardcopy
submission should be accompanied with a soft copy in windows word format.
The article should reach the Editor latest by 20th October, 2007. The
Bulletin will be published by the end of December, 2007. For any other
information contact:
Professor Kailash C. Baral
Editor, CIEFL Bulletin
Director, CIEFL NE Campus
Shillong – 793 022, India

Phone : 91+364 -2550038, 2550065 (O), 2520850 ®, Fax :91+364-2550038

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