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Heteroglossia: Bakhtinian Dialogism within a Play's Monologue

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This study tries to expand the richness of Bakhtin’s theory of novel by showing the reader that its thorough features could be traced back in a play rather than a novel, considering it more than what is usually the basis of “historical poetics” mainly in the form of a novel accentuating the constitution of a social ideology besides an individual one while gesturing dialogically in the interaction between representation in its textual form and particularities of its proper probable forces in their socio-historical stratifications within notions such as dialogism, intertextuality, heteroglossia and polyphony. To do so a successful Irish play of exuberance is invited to be served by a thinker from the past Soviet. Since the references are written in an artistic language, a language near to a poetic one tries to tinker rationality to irrationality. In the light of O’Halloran’s eccentric nostalgia which tries to handle a play all in all monologically from the voice of just a single character, one may seem to be listening to the symphony of Bakhtin’s polyphonic heteroglossia stratified within the architectonics of both authors’ interillumination.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 52)
A. A. Moslemi and S. Hemmati, "Heteroglossia: Bakhtinian Dialogism within a Play's Monologue", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 52, pp. 55-60, 2015
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