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Silence in Modern Literature and Philosophy

Beckett, Barthes, Nancy, Stevens

Authors: Gould, Thomas

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  • Situates silence in the context of both theological legacies and contemporary philosophical debates
  • Offers a new, original take on four key literary/philosophical writers of the twentieth century
  • Formulates a poetics of silence
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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.

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Thomas Gould holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Critical Thought from King’s College, London, UK.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Silence in Modern Literature and Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Beckett, Barthes, Nancy, Stevens
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93479-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93479-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93478-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06670-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 199
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