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

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

by Michael Macovski
     
 

ISBN-10: 019506965X

ISBN-13: 9780195069655

Pub. Date: 05/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195069655
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
IRomantic Formalism and the Specular Lyric1
1Knowledge, Rhetoric, and Authority: Toward a Theory of Romantic Dialogue3
2"The Language of My Former Heart": Wordsworth, Bakhtin, and the Diachronic Dialogue41
3Coleridge, the "Rime," and the Instantiation of Outness67
IIThe Novel All Told: Audition, Orality, and the Collapse of Dialogue103
4Three Blind Mariners and a Monster: Frankenstein as Vocative Text105
5Wuthering Heights and the Rhetoric of Interpretation134
6The Heartbeat of Darkness: Listening in(to) the Twentieth Century151
7Conclusion: Dialogue, Culture, and the Heuristic "Third"171
Notes179
Works Cited211
Index221

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