Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


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Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Leslie Boldt

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433123436
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2013
Series: Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Leslie Boldt is Professor of French Studies at Brock University, where she teaches courses on French literature, cinema and culture and civilization. She is the English translator of Bataille’s L’expérience intérieure and has also edited a critical anthology of essays on Bataille’s work. While she has published primarily in the field of twentieth-century French literature, she is also interested in the intersection between the literature and visual art of France.
Corrado Federici is Professor of Italian at Brock University, where he teaches courses in Italian language, literature, translation, and Renaissance art. He has published on modern Italian poets and novelists and has translated six books from Italian to English. His three most recent publications are English translations of Renato Barilli, The Science of Culture and the Phenomenology of Styles (2012); Franco Cardini, The Companion to the Middle Ages (2012); and Raffaele Milani, The Art of the Landscape (2009).
Ernesto Virgulti is Associate Professor of Italian at Brock University, where he teaches courses in Italian language, literature, cinema and pedagogy, and in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. His publications cover medieval Italian literature (especially Boccaccio’s Decameron), literary theory (narratology, semiotics), and cinema (Bertolucci and Amelio). He has also published a critical edition of Luigi Pirandello’s Cosí è (se vi pare).
Boldt, Federici, and Virgulti are also co-editors of the following volumes: Rewriting Texts, Remaking Images (Peter Lang, 2010); Disguise, Deception, Trompe-l’oeil (Peter Lang, 2009), Beauty and the Abject (Peter Lang, 2007); and Images and Imagery: Frames, Borders, Limits (Peter Lang, 2005).

Table of Contents

Contents: Keith Grant-Davies: Rhetorical Uses of Silence and Spaces – Ariel Harrod: Sounding Silence, Composing Absence of the Screen and Stage: Gus Van Sant’s Gerry and Samuel Beckett’s Not I – Maria Luisa Chiusa: The Visiting Muse: Antiquity and the Suggestive Power of Silence in the Room Frescoed by Correggio – Lori Yamato: Muted Epigraphs in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling – Matthew Moore: Cartographic Silences in Brian Friel’s Translations – Paul Peters: Power of the Void: Fascism and Silence in the Poetry of Bertolt Brecht and Paul Celan – Sheelagh Russell-Brown: «To have him all in black»: The ‘Absence’ of Havel in Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe: A Late Cold War Text – Magda Stoinska and Vikki Cecchetto: When the Silencer Is Also the Silenced: The Mechanisms of Self-censorship – Catherine Parayre: Milutin Gubas’s Which Way to the Bastille? Or How to Foster Silence – Sandra Singer: The Image of the Falling Man Revisited – Bruce Elder: Reflections on the Violence of Art – Mark Cauchi (with Wrik Mead and Rui Pimenta): The A/porias of Skin: Secrets and Secretions of Self and Other – Alexandre Avdulov: Listening to the Pines: Japanese Tea Ceremony as a Form of Contemplative Ellipsis – Elisa Segnini: A Silent Language: Reflections on «Pure» and «Uncorrupted» Pantomime – Anton Jansen: When a Singer Must Be Silenced – Carol Merriam: Keeping Your Mouth Shut: How To Be a Good Mistress (Silenced Women in Latin Elegy) – Kathleen Garay: Speaking Saintly Silence in the Thirteenth Century: the Case of Elizabeth of Hungary – Index

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