Definition of dialogism in English:



  • The use in a text of different tones or viewpoints, whose interaction or contradiction is important to the text's interpretation.

    • ‘Toward this end, Fast proposes a poetics of relationality grounded in ideas of dialogue and dialogism, concepts she borrows from Russian theorist M. M. Bakhtin.’
    • ‘This essay will explore how In the Time of the Butterflies coincides strongly with the Russian philosopher's discussions of the genetic characteristics, polyphonic discourse, and dialogism of the novel.’
    • ‘I had previously taught this course as a kind of ‘dialogue of theories,’ which reflects my commitment to the Bakhtinian notion of dialogism as the most credible way to view knowledge-making in any field.’
    • ‘My concept of intertextuality thus goes back to Bakhtin's dialogism and Barthes' text theory.’
    • ‘For postmodern writers such as Markson, dialogism between various forms of writing, belonging to as many forms of genre, is a way of individualizing one's own style precisely as text.’


Mid 16th century: from late Latin dialogismos, from Greek dialogizesthai to converse from dialogos discourse (see dialogue).