The article summarizes the first results of the work within the research project The Bakhtin Encyclopedia and presents the experience of understanding and interpreting the heritage of M.M. Bakhtin in an encyclopedic format. In the process of work, the research team outlined the approaches to the study of the thinker’s heritage as a multi-level system, a comprehensive description of the most important components of which should provide an in-depth perception and further interpretation of Bakhtin’s biography and his scholarly heritage as a whole. Describing what has been done, reflecting on the obtained results and determining the nearest goals and objectives, the author shows the perspective and heuristic value of the encyclopedic format for describing the biography and scholarly heritage of M.M. Bakhtin. The Bakhtin Encyclopedia is considered to be the first step towards the creation of the Bakhtin reference and information resource.
M.M. Bakhtin; scholarly legacy; biography; history of science; historical and cultural background; The Bakhtin Encyclopedia.