Silences

First published in 1978, Silences expanded the literary canon and the ways readers engage with literature. This 25th-anniversary edition includes Olsen’s classic reading lists of forgotten authors and a new introduction.

Author: Tillie Olsen

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 9781558618794

Category: Social Science

Page: 370

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First published in 1978, Silences single-handedly revolutionized the literary canon. In this classic work, now back in print, Olsen broke open the study of literature and discovered a lost continentthe writing of women and working-class people. From the excavated testimony of authors letters and diaries we learn the many ways the creative spirit, especially in those disadvantaged by gender, class and race, can be silenced. Olsen recounts the torments of Melville, the crushing weight of criticism on Thomas Hardy, the shame that brought Willa Cather to a dead halt, and struggles of Virginia Woolf, Olsens heroine and greatest exemplar of a writer who confronted the forces that would silence her. This 25th-anniversary edition includes Olsens now infamous reading lists of forgotten authors and a new introduction and author preface.

Between History and Histories

This collection of case studies from around the world uses a new approach in historical anthropology, one that focuses on heterogeneity within cultures rather than coherence to explain how we commemorate certain events, while silencing ...

Author: Gerald M. Sider

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802078834

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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This collection of case studies from around the world uses a new approach in historical anthropology, one that focuses on heterogeneity within cultures rather than coherence to explain how we commemorate certain events, while silencing others.

Articulate Silences

In this pathbreaking book, King-Kok Cheung sheds new light on the thematic and rhetoncal uses of silence in fiction by three Asian American women: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, and JoyKogawa.

Author: King-Kok Cheung

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501721120

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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In this pathbreaking book, King-Kok Cheung sheds new light on the thematic and rhetoncal uses of silence in fiction by three Asian American women: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, and JoyKogawa. Boldly articulating the unspeakable, these writers break the silence imposed by families or ethnic communities and defy the dominant culture that suppresses the voicing of minority experiences. Yet at the same time, they demonstrate how silences—voiceless gestures, textual ellipses, authorial hesitations—can themselves be articulate. Drawing on theoretical works on women's writing, on ethnicity and race, and on postmodernism and history, Cheung takes issue with Anglo-American feminists who valorize speech unequivocally and with revisionist Asian American male critics who attempt to refute Orientalist stereotypes by renouncing silence. She challenges Eurocentric views of speech and silence as polarized, hierarchical, and gendered, and proposes an approach to Asian American literature which overturns the "East-West" or "dual personality" model. Yamamoto, Kingston, and Kogawa interweave speech and silence, narration and ellipses, autobiography and fiction as they adapt and recast Asian and Euro-American precursors. Drawing freely from both traditions, they reinvent the past by decentering, disseminating, and interrogating authority-but not by reappropriating it. A fresh and subtle response to issues relating to cultural diversity, Articulate Silences will be important reading for scholars and students in the fie,4s of literary theory and criticism, women's studies, Asian American studies, and ethnic studies.

Silences and Soundbites

Largely based upon unpublished archival material, the book traces the evolution of these riverine settlements and their populations until the military occupation by Portugal in the early twentieth century.

Author: Philip J. Havik

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825877094

Category: Guinea-Bissau

Page: 402

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"Set in the pre-colonial Guinea Bissau region, Silences and Soundbytes deals with the largely ignored roles women - and men - played as traders and brokers in Afro-Atlantic trade settlements emerged after first contact in the fifteenth century. Largely based upon unpublished archival material, the book traces the evolution of these riverine settlements and their populations until the military occupation by Portugal in the early twentieth century. It holds that the formation of settlement communities that operated the relay trade along the region's many rivers between the region's hinterland and the coast created opportunities for enterprising and well-connected women. "

Riders of the Silences

Riders of the Silences recounts the tale of hardened gunslinger Red Pierre, who will stop at nothing to exact vengeance on the ne'er-do-well who killed his father.

Author: Max Brand

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781775455158

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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This Western from prolific author Max Brand is a classic revenge story that is sure to please readers who are hankering for a solid dose of action-packed adventure. Riders of the Silences recounts the tale of hardened gunslinger Red Pierre, who will stop at nothing to exact vengeance on the ne'er-do-well who killed his father.

Writing the Silences

A collection of poetry by filmmaker and public radio and television producer Richard O. Moore, who is also associated with the San Francisco Renaissance poets, a pre-Beat Generation literary movement.

Author: Richard O. Moore

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520262430

Category: Poetry

Page: 107

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A collection of poetry by filmmaker and public radio and television producer Richard O. Moore, who is also associated with the San Francisco Renaissance poets, a pre-Beat Generation literary movement.

Listen to the Silences

This study of not only the silence, but the silencing of Mexican American Students in one California community college holds lessons for all educators-of all students at all levels.

Author: Kay M. Losey

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 1567502687

Category: Education

Page: 238

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This study of not only the silence, but the silencing of Mexican American Students in one California community college holds lessons for all educators-of all students at all levels. A profoundly important book. Courtney B. Cazden Charles William Eliot Professor of Education (Emerita), Harvard Graduate School of Education

Naming the Silences

"Hauerwas explores why we so fervently seek explanations for suffering and evil, and he shows how modern medicine has become a god to which we look-in vain-for deliverance from the evils of disease and mortality." --product description, ...

Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567040410

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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"Hauerwas explores why we so fervently seek explanations for suffering and evil, and he shows how modern medicine has become a god to which we look-in vain-for deliverance from the evils of disease and mortality." --product description, Amazon.com

Speaking Silences

We learn to live with, or perhaps against, that silence. Eventually, we may
comprehend it as our constant and longer-lived companion, strange confidante,
perilous comrade. The poet Eugenio Montale, tracing the ways of the eel through
its ...

Author: Andrew V. Ettin

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813915090

Category: Religion

Page: 209

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Language and silence have usually been understood as opposites and assigned different values, but which one is positive and which negative? When people equate silence with suppression or repression, they argue that it is through language that we discover meaning. Yet people who perceive deep wisdom in silence believe that words falsify experience. Ranging widely across time and languages, Andrew Vogel Ettin explores the ways in which various biblical and traditional works as well as modern and contemporary texts - Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and literary - treat the nature of silence and speech and the tension between them. He situates this tension at the heart of the creative process and argues that language and silence need each other and contribute to the power and meaning of one another. Critically examining the idea of a "Judeo-Christian" culture, Ettin shows how silence is imposed by a dominant culture on another culture and how the dominated culture - in this case Judaism - becomes excluded from the historical conversation about values and ideas. He also demonstrates the broader uses of both speech and silence as cultural weapons by the vulnerable or oppressed, who have no other means of defense or witness. We generally interpret silence as a void, but Ettin shows it to be a mode of communication that carries the potential for intense variety. The loss of a public voice has implications for both the dominant and the dominated culture. The author examines these implications in the following contexts: contemporary feminist attempts, especially within Judaism, to rectify the masculine language of worship and Godhead in order to end language-generated alienation; the situation of the Yiddish writer as exemplary of a writer in exile or a language that is marginalized; the Jewish impulse toward universalism, with its corresponding danger of loss of voice; and the values of silence and speech arising from the experiences of the Holocaust. In the process, he considers the implications for multicultural societies. Speaking Silences is a broadly interdisciplinary work that will appeal to scholars and readers interested in modern and contemporary literature, Jewish studies, religion and literature, and aesthetics.

They Speak by Silences

The thoughts contained in this book were from the pen of one who, in the silence of the Charterhouse, had already arrived at the summits of the spiritual heights, and dwelt there unceasingly.

Author: A. Carthusian

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing

ISBN: 0852446721

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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The thoughts contained in this book were from the pen of one who, in the silence of the Charterhouse, had already arrived at the summits of the spiritual heights, and dwelt there unceasingly. Souls who have reached such perfection in this life are rare; not so rare, however, are those who ardently aspire thereto. It is chiefly for such as these - to encourage and help them to arrive at those same heights - that these thoughts have been preserved and collected. They Speak by Silences was first published in French in 1948, and has since allowed Carthusian wisdom and spirituality to reach the widest possible audience. This new, and widely requested edition carries on the tradition. It will provide material for daily reading and reflection for newcomers to Carthusian spirituality and, equally, for those who have already discovered the riches it has to offer. Not everyone can experience that same recollection that exists in a Charterhouse, but they must not be afraid to set aside as far as possible at least some moments, however short, for recollection and to give some time to Him Who is within them. It is in that silence that He speaks to us, and bids us listen to Him. Other books of classic Carthusian spirituality published by Gracewing include The Call of Silent Love, The Prayer of Love and Silence and The Wound of Love.

Consuming Silences

The careers of Tillie Olsen, Henry Roth, J. D. Salinger, and Ralph Ellison suggest that an unproductive twentieth-century author could command serious critical attention and remain a literary celebrity by offering the public volumes of ...

Author: Myles Weber

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820325600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 159

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J. D. Salinger was an author in 1951 when he published The Catcher in the Rye. Is he one now? Was Henry Roth an author during the sixty years that separated Call It Sleep, his literary debut, from his second novel, Mercy of a Rude Stream? To show us how silence can be produced and consumed as a literary text, Myles Weber takes a provocative look at four revered authors who battled writer's block or simply ceased publishing. The careers of Tillie Olsen, Henry Roth, J. D. Salinger, and Ralph Ellison suggest that an unproductive twentieth-century author could command serious critical attention and remain a literary celebrity by offering the public volumes of silence, which became read and admired like any other text. Weber sees periods of nonpublication as texts that are consumed by the literary public--and sometimes produced deliberately by inactive writers and their handlers. However, his aim is not to criticize individual authors but to reveal connections between literature as a commodity and authorship as a profession. As Weber looks at the particular circumstances of each author's silence, he brings to them an understanding of such topics as the cult of celebrity, intellectual property law, the complicity of the media and the academy in engendering and then maintaining an author's silence, and mass production and distribution. By helping us to look in new ways at authorial silence not just as a biographical fact or a creative problem but also as a marketing opportunity, Consuming Silences injects energy into debates about the nature of literary production and the cultural place of authors who do not publish.

James Joyce s Silences

In this landmark book, leading international scholars from North America, Europe and the UK offer a sustained critical attention to the concept of silence in Joyce's writing.

Author: Jolanta Wawrzycka

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350036734

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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In this landmark book, leading international scholars from North America, Europe and the UK offer a sustained critical attention to the concept of silence in Joyce's writing. Examining Joyce's major works, including Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake, the critics present intertextual and comparative interpretations of Joyce's deployment of silence as a complex overarching narratological strategy. Exploring the many dimensions of what is revealed in the absences that fill his writing, and the different roles – aesthetic, rhetorical, textual and linguistic – that silence plays in Joyce's texts, James Joyce's Silences opens up important new avenues of scholarship on the great modernist writer. This volume is of particular interests to all academics and students involved in Joyce and Irish studies, modernism, comparative literature, poetics, cultural studies and translation studies.

Silence

mind, wrapped in silence, was able to follow the ear to a confrontation with the
eternal.” When I imagine the silence Charles Williams endured at Eastern State, I
imagine its weight—how it must have been almost entirely unchanging and ...

Author: Jane Brox

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780544702486

Category: History

Page: 320

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Offers a history of silence as a powerful shaper of the human mind, specifically in Eastern State Penitentiary and the monastic world of Medieval Europe.

James Earl Jones

One of America's great actors presents his life story, revealing the challenges he has faced and overcome, from his impoverished and neglected Mississippi childhood, through his years as a stutterer and a mute, to his spectacular artistic ...

Author: James Earl Jones

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

ISBN: UOM:49015001465666

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 393

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One of America's great actors presents his life story, revealing the challenges he has faced and overcome, from his impoverished and neglected Mississippi childhood, through his years as a stutterer and a mute, to his spectacular artistic successes.

Between Two Silences

This unusually candid volume of Brook in dialogue provides an uninhibited encounter with contemporary theatre's most influential director The result of twelve hours of spontaneous question and answer sessions, Between Two Silences shows ...

Author: Peter Brook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350058323

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 174

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This unusually candid volume of Brook in dialogue provides an uninhibited encounter with contemporary theatre's most influential director The result of twelve hours of spontaneous question and answer sessions, Between Two Silences shows Brook responding to points raised by students and lecturers about his work and ideas. Ranging widely over many topics, he talks about his innovative and award-winning production of The Marat/Sade, his film and stage versions of King Lear, and his nine-hour production of the Indian epic The Mahabharata. With passion and clarity he discusses acting, directing, auditions, film versus the stage, his responses to the work of other theatre figures like Grotowski and Artaud, and the multiculturalism which characterises his most recent work. Between Two Silences offers a rare insight into Brook's beliefs and thoughts on theatre, giving straightforward answers to the often complex questions which his work and writings have raised. "Brook is someone prepared to dream, take risks, fail and then try again, succeed and still try again: a genius, and a creative one." Benedict Nightingale, (Times Literary Supplement)

Trauma Taboo and Truth Telling

Silences, taboos, and "public secrets" carry their own deep meaning about Argentina's painful legacy of repression.

Author: Nancy J. Gates-Madsen

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299307608

Category: History

Page: 235

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Silences, taboos, and "public secrets" carry their own deep meaning about Argentina's painful legacy of repression.