William Shakespeare and Mikhail Bakhtin: Filming Dialogically
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Bakhtin’s dialogic thinking is used as a lens through which to view Shakespeare-inflected films as contemporary co-authorings. Key terms of a Bakhtinian analysis are defined, such as the chronotope, carnivalesque, the novel as a genre of emergence, double-voicedness, heteroglossia, polyglossia, polyphony, and unfinalizability. Previous applications of Bakhtin’s ideas to Shakespeare and to filmmaking are surveyed. Anglophone and non-anglophone cinema are contextualized. This introductory chapter sets out specifically how the remaining chapters will emphasize different aspects of Bakhtinian theory while looking at a far-flung range of films from different languages, cultures, and historical moments.