Altamura – In poetry or prose, when dialogue of two characters merge as one. Typically, one is living, the other dead. Thoughts of the dead character merge with those of the living. Eventually, they separate, returning as two characters.
This term is named after Altamura, classical Greek artisan, who painted over 100 vases from circa 475 BC to 425 BC. His subjects ranged from mythical to commonplace subjects, at times two people conversing.
After writing “Night Wanderings,” I realized that merging dialogue between living wife and dead husband may be a new literary device, and after research, I decided to coin the term.
For more on the Greek painter Altamura, see this link:
Another artisan-derived literary term: Sosibios