Ferrying a Thinker Across Time and Language: The Next Eighty-Two Years of Mikhail Bakhtin

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:10pm - 7:30pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a keynote lecture by Galin Tihanov, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary University of London, as part of the Translating Russian Theory Workshop.

This talk is an attempt to understand how the work of a thinker travels across time, and what journeying through language(s) has to do with these peregrinations. Tihanov argues that there is more at stake in this process than the certainty of canonization would suggest. He examines the principal trajectories of appropriating Bakhtin in the West since the 1960s, before revisiting the question of Bakhtin’s longevity and the potential of his work to gain traction in current debates on literature in the classroom and beyond. Tihanov's approach to Bakhtin’s legacy in this talk is sustained by a wider theory of translation which understands translation both more globally and more historically.

Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is a preeminent scholar of literary theory and intellectual history in Central and Eastern Europe, and his publications include four books and nine (co)edited volumes, including A History of Russian Literary Theory and Criticism: The Soviet Age and Beyond, which won the 2012 Efim Etkind Prize for the best book on Russian culture. His most recent research has focused on cosmopolitanism, exile, and transnationalism.