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11.11.2011 The exposing power of Bakhtinan Carnival

The carnival Bakhtin transposes into a literary concept does not have much in common with the carnival of our days. The Bakhtinian “carnival” is a festivity enrooted in medieval times. Key carnivalesque topoi closely connected and constantly referred to are banquet imagery, marketplace speeches, the lower bodily stratum, the grotesque body and gay relativity, or […]

„How’s it taste Mutha Fucker?“ – how black-language-carnival hijacks white supremacy

The title of this post already requires a closer look at the two basic concepts – Black Language and Carnival. I will start with Bakhtin’s concept of Carnival. Bakhtin develops his idea of “carnivalization” in his Problem’s of Dostoevsky’s Poetics and it becomes a key concept in his analysis of Rabelais and His World. The […]