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The purpose of this paper is to read John Keats’s Lamia not merely as the story of a monster, but as the story which has the potential to subvert phallologoscentrism. Because of his low origins, poor education, and bad health, he always had to stand on the other’s position. For these reasons, he had his doubts about phallologoscentrism which Western metaphysical philosophy had emphasized, and tried to find other’s voice regarded as the inferior things, and to replace it on the proper position. Reflecting on Keats’s intention, this paper will regard Lamia as a scapegoat of Apollonius, the monster of sameness. Victimized and oppressed in patriarchal order, she remains a potentially subversive signifier of difference, since she possesses the power to refuse that order. This is the latent ability to extend toward the infinite, and to change the world bounded by reason and rule. This reading will help us approach Keats’s poetic, Negative Capability, in a new context.