—Pegged on the concept of “otherness”, Bakhtin’s principle of dialogue highlights the differential relation between a centre and all that is not the centre. Bakhtinian thought centers on the dialogue between the “self” and the “other”. Bakhtin argues that any notion acquires meaning only in dialogue with another notion. However, the “self” in Bhaktin is not a self-sufficient construct by itself. The “self” gains meaning/existence only in its relation with the “other”. The present paper attempts to probe Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man as a dialogic narrative viewing it as a dialogue between the “self” and the “other”, which constitutes the Jewish and the Goyish voices in the novel.
—Dialogic, self, other, centre, non-centre, Goyish.
Greeshma Peethambaran is with the Acharya Institute of Graduate Studies, Bangalore, India (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite:Greeshma Peethambaran, "Jewish versus Goyish: A Bakhtinian Dialogic Exploration into Zadie Smith‘s The Autograph Man," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 页码, 2013.