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Bakhtin__Carnival__Ranma

Bakhtin__Carnival__Ranma - – Defies socio-politic and...

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Bakhtin, Carnival, Ranma
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Mikhail Bakhtin Russian literary theorist (1895-1975) Major contributions to understanding of lit. and society Problems of Dostoyevsky’s Art (1929)
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Problems of Dostoyevsky’s Art Introduces three philosophical ideas Unfinalizability Polyphony Carnival
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Unfinalizability Individuals cannot be finalized, completely known and/or understood People can change Vision of limitless human potential/capability No true singular voice…all are influenced by others
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Polyphony Polyphonic version of truth Not a single statement Truth needs many voices No partial truths but interactivity of truths
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Rabelais and His World (1965) Two key concepts: Carnival Grotesque
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Carnival Associated with collectivity Crowd as singular entity Cessation of self
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Unformatted text preview: – Defies socio-politic and economic orientation – Mask and Costume – Awareness of sensuality, body transformation, community Grotesque • Connection of body with time • Carnival as historically immortal • Death and renewal • Bodily functions: procreation, consumption, excretion Japanese Matsuri Ranma as Carnival-esque • Inversion of social roles • Polyphonic creation of self/truth • Multiplicity of Community into integrated narrative whole • Confusion of sexual/body issues Friends we meet later • Shampoo • Ryoga Gender/Sexual Confusion • Ranma as girl – Sexual signifier of breasts – Bisexuality/androgyny – Bishōnen comics • Akane/Shampoo as “masculine” • Coding of feminine as neg./problematic...
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