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Language and silence essays on language,literature, and the inhuman by George Steiner

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Published by Atheneum in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Literature,
  • Literature -- Philosophy

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes index

StatementGeorge Steiner
SeriesAtheneum -- 158
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 426 p. ;
Number of Pages426
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14458988M

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George Steiner has an overblown reputation. Is it because he writes overblown essays? He begins sharply, even brilliantly, and then a protuberance sets in like swollen glands. ""Significant ideas"" swamp him like the plague. He asks all the right, bright, provocative questions, and then rapes an entire library for the answers. One would hardly question so time-honored a procedure: if Steiner. Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged/5(). Between Language and Silence book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Book by Harper, Howard4/5. Buy Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman by George Steiner (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on 5/5(1).

  Language and silence essays on language, literature, and the inhuman. [1st ed.] by George Steiner. 6 Want to read; 2 Have read; Published by Cited by: Language and Silence Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman (Book): Steiner, George: How 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. Silence and the poet starts with images from ancient mythology (Babel, Orpheus torn to pieces, Marsyas flayed) depicting the ‘miraculous outrage of human speech’. We then get the old saw about language being what divides man from other organisms – or at least a few highlights from its pedigree: Hesiod, Plato, Aristotle, Ibsen. Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman. How do we evaluate the power and utility of language when it has been made to articulate falsehoods in certain totalitarian 5/5(1).