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Silence in Modern Literature and Philosophy

Beckett, Barthes, Nancy, Stevens
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ISBN-13:
9783319934785
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.07.2018
Seiten:
199
Autor:
Thomas Gould
Gewicht:
410 g
Format:
218x154x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Situates silence in the context of both theological legacies and contemporary philosophical debates
1. Introduction.- 2. Apophasis and Reticence.- 3. Broken Silence: Samuel Beckett.- 4. Shared Silence - Jean Luc Nancy with Roland Barthes.- 5. Some Senses of Silence in Wallace Stevens.- 6. Coda: Eloquent Silence.
This book discusses the elusive centrality of silence in modern literature and philosophy, focusing on the writing and theory of Jean-Luc Nancy and Roland Barthes, the prose of Samuel Beckett, and the poetry of Wallace Stevens. It suggests that silence is best understood according to two categories: apophasis and reticence. Apophasis is associated with theology, and relates to a silence of ineffability and transcendence; reticence is associated with phenomenology, and relates to a silence of listenership and speechlessness. In a series of diverse though interrelated readings, the study examines figures of broken silence and silent voice in the prose of Samuel Beckett, the notion of shared silence in Jean-Luc Nancy and Roland Barthes, and ways in which the poetry of Wallace Stevens mounts lyrical negotiations with forms of unsayability and speechlessness.