Dialogue and Literature: Apostrophe, Auditors, and the Collapse of Romantic Discourse

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Overview


Extending and reframing the works of Bakhtin, Gadamer, Ong, and Foucault--with particular emphasis on Bakhtin's late essays --Macovski constructs a theoretical model of literary dialogue and applies it to a range of Romantic texts. In reconsidering specific works within the context of cultural heuristics, rhetorical theory, and literary history, Macovski redefines Romantic discourse as both extratextual and agonistic. He thereby re-evaluates such Romantic topics as the history of the autotelic self, the proliferation of lyric orality, and the nineteenth-century critique of rhetoric. He examines poetry by Wordsworth and Coleridge, as well as such nineteenth-century prose works as Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, and Heart of Darkness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195069655
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
I Romantic Formalism and the Specular Lyric 1
1 Knowledge, Rhetoric, and Authority: Toward a Theory of Romantic Dialogue 3
2 "The Language of My Former Heart": Wordsworth, Bakhtin, and the Diachronic Dialogue 41
3 Coleridge, the "Rime," and the Instantiation of Outness 67
II The Novel All Told: Audition, Orality, and the Collapse of Dialogue 103
4 Three Blind Mariners and a Monster: Frankenstein as Vocative Text 105
5 Wuthering Heights and the Rhetoric of Interpretation 134
6 The Heartbeat of Darkness: Listening in(to) the Twentieth Century 151
7 Conclusion: Dialogue, Culture, and the Heuristic "Third" 171
Notes 179
Works Cited 211
Index 221
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