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The Silence in Progress of Dante, Mallarme, and Joyce

The Silence in Progress of Dante, Mallarme, and Joyce

by Sam Slote
     
 

The writings of Dante, Mallarmé, and Joyce are regarded as some of the most difficult and obscure works of their respective periods. In different ways, each of these writers ventured to produce a «Book of All Earthly Experience,» and yet all three - again, in different ways - realized this goal by silencing the Book even as they wrote it. In this

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The writings of Dante, Mallarmé, and Joyce are regarded as some of the most difficult and obscure works of their respective periods. In different ways, each of these writers ventured to produce a «Book of All Earthly Experience,» and yet all three - again, in different ways - realized this goal by silencing the Book even as they wrote it. In this study, Sam Slote proposes that the relationship between the Book and silence is the source of the obscurity of these three writers. Following the writings of Maurice Blanchot, Slote examines the three writers in turn to argue that their work paradoxically affirms a vast silence that can never be achieved because it is wrecked by the very project of writing silence.

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The source of the obscurity in the three writers, proposes Slote (English, Boston U.) is the relationships between the Book and silence. He finds that each in their own way ventured to produce a Book of All Earthly Experience, and each realized the goal by silencing the Book as they wrote it. He also argues that their work paradoxically affirms a vast silence that can never be achieved because it is wrecked by the very project of writing silence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820441795
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Series:
Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures Series, #82
Pages:
325

Meet the Author

The Author: Sam Slote received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of English at Boston University. He is widely published and has coedited two volumes on Joyce: Probes: Genetic Studies in Joyce and Genitricksling Joyce.

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