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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Višnovský, Emil

Ed. by Bianchi, Gabriel / Hrubec, Marek / Tartaglia, James

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Volume 21, Issue 2


Culture, events, speech genres and stories

Peter Michalovič
Published Online: 2011-06-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0012-x


The aim of this paper is to interpret systematically M. M. Bakhtin’s views on genre. Although Aristotle was the first philosopher—and one of the first thinkers in general who focused on the issues of artistic and rhetorical genres, philosophy as such did not treat these issues for a considerably long time. One of the first philosophers who approached the genre issue within the larger context of the philosophy of language was Mikhail M. Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher and a literary scholar. As early as the 1920s he founded philosophical thinking on the so-called small speech genres, which later served as the basis for a remarkable theory of primary and secondary genres. Bakhtin is a world renowned theoretician on the novel, but his genre theory is nevertheless very topical, too, since it relates to issues focused on by philosophers much later.

Keywords: event; small speech genre; story; consummatedness; compositional procedures; architectural form

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Published Online: 2011-06-16

Published in Print: 2011-06-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 98–107, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0012-x.

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