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FROM THE RECEPTIVE BACKSTAGE: M.A. LIFSHITS ON M.M. BAKHTIN’S WORKS IN THE 1960s – EARLY 1980s

Osovskii O.E.

Abstract

One of the episodes in the history of Russian reception of M.M. Bakhtin’s personality and ideas is presented and the concept of “reception backstage” is introduced as a form of implicit reception, i.e. not intended for public presentation of the evaluation of the scholar’s works. At the center of there is the article is the figure of M.A. Lifshits, a famous Soviet philosopher who reacted extremely polemically to the appearance of Bakhtin’s books on Dostoevsky and Rabelais. His position was articulated in his notebooks, as well as in letters to the Czech translator and critic V. Dostal. A number of documents from M.M. Bakhtin’s personal archive are introduced for the first time.

Keywords

М.M. Bakhtin; M.A. Lifshits; reception of ideas; orthodox Marxism; personal archives; epistolary; books on Dostoevsky and Rabelais.

For citation

Osovskii, O.E. “From the Receptive Backstage: M.A. Lifshits on M.M. Bakhtin’s Works in the 1960s – early 1980s”. Literaturovedcheskii zhurnal, no. 1(63), 2024, pp. 65–88. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2024.63.04

DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2024.63.04

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