By Knut Hamsun
First released in Norway in 1890, Hunger probes into the depths of realization with scary and gripping energy. just like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks a unprecedented holiday with Western literary and humanistic traditions.
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Bakhtin's writing is permeated by awe at the multiplicity of languages he hears. These are not just the bluntly distinct national languages—Russian, English, French— that exist as the normative material of dictionaries and grammars, but also the scores of different "languages" that exist simultaneously within a single culture and a single speaking community. 6 These stratifications of language, Bakhtin argued, do not exclude one another; they intersect and overlap, pulling words into various gravitational fields and casting specific light and shadow.
6 Thus the affirmation of someone else's consciousness—as an autonomous subject and not as an object—is the ethico-religious postulate determining the content of the novel (the catastrophe of a disunited consciousness). It is a principle of the author's worldview, and from that vantage point the author understands the world of his characters. " Affirmation (and nonaffirmation) of someone else's "I" by the hero—this is the theme of Dostoevsky's work. But this theme is altogether possible in a novel of the purely monologic type as well, and is in fact often found in that sort of novel.
See the long discussion of Bakhtin's use of so by tie by S. S. Averintsev and S. G. Bocharov, editors of the posthumous volume of Bakhtin's essays and fragments, M. M. Bakhtin, Estetika slovesnogo tvorchestva (Moscow, 1979), pp. 384-85. In English, see Michael Holquist, "The Politics of Representation," in Allegory and Representation: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1979-1980 [New Series, no. 5], ed. Stephen J. Greenblatt (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1981), pp. 172-73. DOSTOEVSKY'S POLYPHONIC NOVEL D 7 major heroes are, by the very nature of his creative design, not only objects of authorial discourse but also subjects of their own directly signifying discourse.