Dialogic relationships as universal

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Dialogic relationships exist among all elements of novelistic structure; that is, they are juxtaposed contrapuntally. And this is so because dialogic relationships are a much broader phenomenon than mere rejoinders in a dialogue, laid out compositionally in the text; they are an almost universal phenomenon, permeating all human speech and all relationships and manifestations of human life -- in general, everything that has meaning and significance. (MB, PDP: 40)

There's a tension in Bakhtin's work around what might be termed the "glocal" - on the one hand, there's his tendency to make sweeping generalizations that aren't well substantiated. On the other, there is resistance to overarching monolithic systems. (See Morson and Emerson's discussion on Prosaics and Systems in my notes on Chapter One)



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