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Cultural Politics of Transgredience and Transition : “people-image” in Bakhtinian Thought

CHOI Jin Seok 1

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Cultural Politics of Transgredience and Transition: “people-image” in Bakhtinian ThoughtCHOI, Jin SeokThis article aims to explain the ‘people-image’ of Bakhtin’s works in the lightof “Transgredience” and “Transition.” According to Bakhtin, the real core ofevery culture is the people. But he did try to answer the question “what is thepeople?” I think, the secret of Bakhtinian thought is located in the people-image,because it is the one of the territories that have not been explained. For thispurpose, we have to examine four images represented by Bakhtin, - rogue,clown, fool, thief. These images are the concrete and individualized images ofpeople, who can characterize the power of transgredience and transition. Theycommonly act for changing ordinary borders of identities formulated withnationality, property, status, classes, sex and so forth. In this sense, Bakhtinthinks that the masks are the real nature which can show the mutational powerof Being. That is the kernel of Bakhtin’s people-image that makes and changesevery cultural world. When we accept and practise this perspective positively,we will realize that Bakhtin’s position is close to the cultural politics, becausea practical power of thought cannot help but being political. That’s why we haveto investigate Bakhtin’s people-image from a vantage point of “Transgredience”and “Transition.”

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.