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Glossary of Literary Theory
A term used by Mikhail Bakhtin to describe how a literary work may incorporate
a rich variety and multiplicity of voices, styles, and points of view.
Unlike a monological text, which depends on the centrality of a single
authoritative voice, the dialogical text allows for "a plurality of
independent and unmerged voices and consciousnesses, a genuine polyphony
of fully valid voices."
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