Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature & the Inhuman by George SteinerHow do we evaluate the power and utility of language when it has been made to articulate falsehoods in certain totalitarian regimes or has been charged with vulgarity and imprecision in a mass-consumer democracy? How will language react to the increasingly urgent claims of more exact speech such as mathematics and symbolic notation? These are some of the questions Steiner addresses in this elegantly written book, first published in 1967 to international acclaim.
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Reading George Steiner, I discovered that discussions about the future of the humanities, and their decline or demise are not limited to the present. Steiner contends that the thread that holds this collection together is the attempt to articulate a philosophy of language after the Holocaust and the totalitarian regime of Stalin. In this same collection, we see the despair of some artists and the lapse into wordless silence where words seem inadequate to the human condition. Nevertheless, Steiner draws very fine portraits of critics like F. We have his fresh take on the advent of the media age heralded by Marshall McLuhan and the shifting consciousness of moving from an age of print to an age of the image.
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The evolution and manipulation of language from the celebrated author of After Babel. Language and Silence is a book about language—and politics, meaning, silence, and the future of literature. Originally published between and , the essays that make up this collection ponder whether we have passed out of an era of verbal primacy and into one of post-linguistic forms—or partial silence. Steiner explores the idea of the abandonment of contemporary literary criticism, from the classics to the works of William Shakespeare, Lawrence Durell, Thomas Mann, Leon Trotsky, and more. This action might not be possible to undo.
Language and silence : essays on language, literature, and the inhuman. George Steiner. Essays, though broad in scope, focus upon the validity of language in a decaying culture. The Retreat from the Word Silence and the Poet