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Silence and the Silenced

Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Edited By Leslie Boldt, Corrado Federici and Ernesto Virgulti

Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives comprises a collection of essays from North American and European scholars who examine the various ways in which the theme of silence is developed in literary narratives as well as in such visual media as photography, film, painting, and architecture. The questions of silence and the presence or absence of voice are also explored in the arena of performance, with examples relating to pantomime and live installations. As the book title indicates, two fundamental aspects of silence are investigated: silence freely chosen as a means to deepen meditation and inner reflection and silence that is imposed by external agents through various forms of political repression and censorship or, conversely, by the self in an attempt to express revolt or to camouflage shame. The approaches to these questions range from the philosophical and the psychological to the rhetorical and the linguistic. Together, these insightful reflections reveal the complexity and profundity that surround the function of silence and voice in an aesthetic and social context.


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Introduction vii Part I . Silence that “Speaks” through Codes 1. Rhetorical Uses of Silence and Spaces 1 Keith Grant-Davies 2. Sounding Silence, Composing Absence of the Screen and Stage: 13 Gus Van Sant’s Gerry and Samuel Beckett’s Not I Ariel Harrod 3. The Visiting Muse: Antiquity and the Suggestive Power 25 of Silence in the Room Frescoed by Correggio Maria Luisa Chiusa 4. Muted Epigraphs in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling 41 Lori Yamato Part II. Political and Cultural Silencing 5. Cartographic Silences in Brian Friel’s Translations 59 Matthew Moore 6. Power of the Void: Fascism and Silence in the Poetry 67 of Bertolt Brecht and Paul Celan Paul Peters 7. “To have him all in black”: The ‘Absence’ of Havel in 83 Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe: A Late Cold War Text Sheelagh Russell-Brown Part III. Silencing One’s Own Voice 8. When the Silencer Is Also the Silenced: The Mechanisms 97 of Self-censorship Magda Stoinska and Vikki Cecchetto Contents vi 9. Milutin Gubas’s Which Way to the Bastille? Or How 111 to Foster Silence Catherine Parayre Part IV. Fascination with the Void 10. The Image of the Falling Man Revisited 127 Sandra Singer 11. Reflections on the Violence of Art 143 Bruce Elder Part V. Body Language 12. The A/porias of Skin: Secrets and Secretions of Self and Other 157 Mark Cauchi (with Wrik Mead and Rui Pimenta) 13. Listening to the Pines: Japanese Tea Ceremony as a Form 173 of Contemplative Ellipsis Alexandre Avdulov 14. A Silent Language: Reflections on “Pure...

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