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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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The Secret of Literary Silence

The Secret of Literary Silence

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(p.41) Two The Secret of Literary Silence
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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.003.0003

This chapter explores the domain of literature and the role of silence as the limit that defines the literary, addressing the limit that concerns the language of law. It focuses on the theorized notion of the literary as an element that sustains the border between the “sayable” and “unsayable” that marks literature. Jacques Derrida’s discussion about literature’s silence as the “secret” not only discloses the element of the literary as fully submitted to sovereignty and law, but also exposes literature’s unexpected foundation in the covenant and contract.

Keywords:   literature, silence, language of law, sayable, unsayable, Jacques Derrida, sovereignty, covenant

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