CitationLeung Lai, Barbara M. "What Would Bakhtin Say about Isaiah 21:1-12? A Re-reading." Old Testament Essays 23, No. 1 (2010): 103-115. http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/ote/v23n1/06.pdf (Accessed December 7, 2017)
AbstractEmploying the Bakhtinian theory of polyphony and dialogism, the following is a re-reading of my previous publication on the same passage.2 While the feasibility of uncovering the internal aspects of
the Isaian personality has been demonstrated through the first reading, the impact of reading Isaiah 21:1-12 from a Bakhtinian vantage point goes beyond literary, psychological, imaginative, and philosophical lenses to a new angle of perception: the dialogic way of presenting and constructing “truth.” On the one hand, the notion of Isaiah 21:1-12 as a polyphonic and dialogic text is established.
Yet, on the other hand, there is still no “final word” with regards to the Isaian internal profile. Thus, readers are invited to engage in an
ongoing dialogue with both—the author, through Isaiah’s self-presentation and projection of his internal profile, and the characters that emerge through the independent unmerged voices of the
text. The anticipated result is what Bakhtin sagaciously termed, an “unfinalizable,” yet ever expanding and enriching reading on the subject.
PublisherThe Old Testament Society of Southern Africa
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