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

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Three Blind Mariners and a Monster: Frankenstein as Vocative Text

In ["the last, realistic type of novel of emergence"], however, human emergence is of a different nature. It is no longer man's own private affair. He emerges along with the world and he reflects the historical emergence of the world itself. . . . This transition is accomplished in him and through him. He is forced to become a new, unprecedented type of human being. . . . It is as though the very foundations of the world are changing, and man must change along with them. Understandably, in such a novel of emergence, problems of reality and man's potential, problems of freedom and necessity, and the problem of creative initiative rise to their full height.

Bakhtin, "The Bildungsroman"

I was exceedingly surprised on receiving so rude an answer from a stranger. . . .

[T]his strange dialogue continued. . . .
Victor in Frankenstein

During the years that Mary Shelley revised her dreamt account of a fallen Adam -- complete with Edenic allusions to both prelapsarian innocence and Satanic wrath -- John Keats was composing his own dream-vision of a fallen god, namely, the titan Saturn, and of his aspiring compeer, Hyperion. In both "The Fall of Hyperion" and its earlier incarnation, Keats portrays a Saturn bereft of his birthright and overwhelmed by another's Promethean ambition, depictions that tellingly recall Mary Shelley's own disconsolate monster. What is striking about these two fallen figures, however, is their predisposi-

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