For all of his hating on hierarchy, Bakhtin believed that people in authority positions had no need to reveal personal info to them. The result? He never bothered getting to know his students. Way to be a total academic stereotype, Mik. (Source.)
A bone disease eventually led to having his leg amputated leg in 1938. But—surprise, surprise—he worked right on through it. (Source.)
Bakhtin scholars love a good smack down. He embraced open interpretation, but academics still like to say they have figured him out. Hmmm—doesn't quite add up to us.