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Languages of the Unsayable
The Play of Negativity in Literature and Literary Theory
Edited by Sanford Budick and Wolfgang Iser


420 pages.

Paperback ISBN: 9780804724838



The articulation of the unsayable, of negativity—that which has been excluded by what is sayable—is one of the most important areas of contemporary humanistic study. This volume brings together fifteen outstanding literary theorists and philosophers to examine ways to make the unsayable tangible.

About the authors

Sanford Budick is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Literary Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Wolfgang Iser is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

“A theoretically sophisticated collection that provides original insights about significant texts and issues. The individual contributions are cogent enough on their own, but the grouping of these related and yet quite various essays give them an echoic relation that is mutually enhancing.” —John Paul Riquelme, Boston University

“This is a very strong collection of essays on a central topic in literary theory. It includes major original statements by a stellar line-up of some of the most prominent theorists of the negative.” —Paul B. Armstrong, University of Oregon