Literary Silences in Pascal, Rousseau, and Beckett

Oxford University Press (2003)
Abstract
To explore literary silence is to explore the relationships between literary texts and the silence of the ineffable. Philosophical and critical accounts tend to operate with a dualistic understanding of silence as the negative other of text. This study, however, seeks to place silence within the literary text. Central to this theoretical endeavour are thinkers like Blanchot, Derrida, Gadamer and Vattimo, and the result is a fundamental challenge to our ideas of silence and text. The study continues to draw on the ideas of Kierkegaard and Bataille to develop an effective methodology for reading such literary silences
Keywords Beckett, Samuel   Pascal, Blaise   Rousseau, Jean-Jacques   Silence in literature
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