The eastern side of the circle

the contribution of Mikhail Tubjanskij

Craig Brandist

pp. 209-228

The intellectual biography of M. I. Tubjanskij is considered, setting his work within the context of the Bakhtin Circle in the mid-1920s, but considering his wider engagement with the intellectual field of the time. Tubjanskij's passage from studies of the work of Hermann Cohen and of Plato, through his work on Buddhism, contemporary Bengali thought, especially the work of Rabindranath Tagore, to his later work on Mongolian culture is described and analysed. In conclusion it is argued that the non-European orientation of Tubjanskij and his associate Nikolaj Konrad are significant dimensions of the work of the Bakhtin Circle, but also need to be considered on their own terms. Tubjanskij's brief autobiographical sketch from December 1926 is also provided in English translation.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11212-015-9239-0

Full citation:

Brandist, C. (2015). The eastern side of the circle: the contribution of Mikhail Tubjanskij. Studies in East European Thought 67 (3-4), pp. 209-228.

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