Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

by Jane Brox

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544702486
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 119,250
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JANE BROX’s most recent book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time.

Table of Contents

Part I Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829: Experiment in Silence

1 Man of Sorrows 3

2 Benjamin Rush's Vision 12

3 "Good by Discipline" 28

4 John Haviland's Star of Solitudes 39

Part II The Monastic World: A History of Silence

5 In Proportion 53

6 Speech and Silence 69

7 Thomas Merton: Silence and the World 79

8 Measures of Time 89

9 The Voices of the Pages 99

10 The Great Silence 105

Part III Philadelphia: Darkening the Dark

11 Night in Stone 115

12 "I Get Up and Hammer My Leather" 122

13 Punishment Within Punishment 134

14 So Thai It "May Uplift" 150

15 Time Again 159

Part IV The Silence of Women

16 Silencing Silence 173

17 "Or Perhaps the Women …" 187

18 Monastic Women: More Shadow Than Light 196

Part V The Ends of Silence

19 Thomas Merton: Questioning Silence 211

20 The Monastic World: What Remains 228

21 The Prison Cell in Our Time 235

22 Intervals of Silence 245

Coda

In Ruins 257

Acknowledgments 265

Bibliographic Note 267

Notes 271

Permissions 300

Index 301

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