Literary Silences in Pascal, Rousseau, and Beckett

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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 endeavor are thinkers like Blanchot, Derrida, Gadamer and Vattimo, and the result is a fundamental challenge to our ideas of silence and text.
 

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Moving towards Literary Silence
9
A Theoretical Exploration
36
Repetition Aporia
60
Literary Silence in Pascals Pensées
99
Literary Silence in Rousseaus Rêveries
139
The Opening of
176
Literary Silence in Becketts Trilogy
193
Conclusion
231
Bibliography
238
Index
249
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About the author (2003)

Elisabeth Marie Loevlie is at University of Oslo.

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