Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature & the Inhuman

Language Silence Essays on Language Literature the Inhuman 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 consume

  • Title: Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature & the Inhuman
  • Author: George Steiner
  • ISBN: 9780300074710
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature & the Inhuman

    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 exact speech such as mathematics and symbolic notation These are some of the questions 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 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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    1. Chris and Yuri

      A critic who writes well: who'd a thunk?George Steiner's essays on Paul Celan, Martin Heidegger, and Franz Kafka are rapturous and illuminating. I wish more critics had his grace and humility!

    2. Jerónimo Gómez

      Lenguaje y silencio deGeorge Steiner es un libro que, a pesar de haber sido escrito en la década de 1960, mantiene una vigencia extraordinaria en sus planteamientos. Steiner gira en torno de la decadencia del lenguaje cuando este es manipulado por quienes detentan el poder, y para ello se afinca no en su vivencia de la Shoá, puesto que él logró huir con su familia poco antes de ser alcanzados por la invasión nazi a Francia, sino en su interpretación de la misma como judío que la piensa en [...]

    3. Ana Builes

      Un libro bastante interesante, que planea una posición crítica acerca de la literatura y el lenguaje. Lleno de referencias históricas, que en algunos casos lo hacen bastante pesado.El ensayo sobre el abandono de la Palabra (con P mayúscula) es de los mejores, si no el mejor, en mi concepto.Los ensayos sobre las teorías marxistas, consideró que hay que leerlos con algo de recelo y duda, pero son un punto de vista crítico e interesante.Si estudias Literarura, creo que hay que leer este libr [...]

    4. GONZA

      Interesting book, even if sometimes really heavy: the writing of Steiner is particularly convoluted, also some quotes are too educated and the book is dated. Having said that some essays are brilliant.Libro interessante anche se a tratti veramente pesante: la scrittura di Steiner é particolarmente arzigogolata, inoltre fa citazioni troppo colte ed il libro é datato. Detto questo alcuni saggi sono brillantiANKS TO NETGALLEY AND OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA FOR THE PREVIEW!

    5. Bob

      Reading George Steiner, I discovered that discussions about the future of the humanities, and their decline or demise are not limited to the present. This collection of essays, written between 1959 to 1967 give us a window into the conversation in Steiner's generation, particularly concerning the place of literature, as well as the other arts, in our society.Steiner contends that the thread that holds this collection together is the attempt to articulate a philosophy of language after the Holoca [...]

    6. Erwin Maack

      Vejo que a primeira edição desta obra data de 1.958 e ainda hoje ela é atualíssima. George Steiner é um escritor que não deixa ninguém indiferente. Creio que a maioria se entusiasma com o que ele escreve, eu sou um deles. Ele prevê, naquela data, algo que está ainda em pleno desenvolvimento, isto é, a gradativa desimportância da palavra, a ineficácia da cultura para conter selvagerias e derrocadas. E especula a troca da palavra como meio de expressão eficaz, no campo científico, pe [...]

    7. Karolien

      I immediately wanted to read this book when my literature professor mentioned it in class. The book is a bit old-fashioned now but a lot of theories are still topical.War can influence our view on literature but we should look at it unprejudiced.

    8. Chris Lawrence

      Steiner's technique is in my opinion advanced, exponential name-dropping. Please see: Whispers of the gods.

    9. Brian

      Interesting look into the issues and style of literary criticism in the '50s by German-Jew looking at German literaturebut only so interesting before it seems out of date.

    10. Peter Kussell

      A goldmine of interesting, personal essays, full of contradiction and self-serving analyses, but never boring.

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