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Silence, the Word and the Sacred

E.D. Blodgett and Harold Coward, editors

Hardcover 238 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-981-7

Release Date: August 1989

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The result of a dialogue between poets and scholars on the meaning and making of the sacred, this book endeavours to determine how the sacred emerges in sacred script as well as in poetic discourse. It ranges through scholarship in areas as apparently disparate as postmodernism and Buddhism. The perspectives developed are various and without closure, locating the sacred in modes as diverse as patristic traditions, feminist retranslations of biblical texts, and oral and written versions of documents from the world’s religions. The essays cohere in their preoccupation with the crucial role language plays in the creation of the sacred, particularly in the relation that language bears to silence. In their interplay, language does not silence silence by, rather, calls the other as sacred into articulate existence.

Poet and scholar, E.D. Blodgett has published seventeen books of poetry two of which were awarded the Governor General’s Award. He is an Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. His research has varied from mediaeval European romance to Canadian Comparative Literature and his publications include Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (2003) and Elegy (2005).

Harold Coward is Professor Emeritus and the past director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria where he continues to be involved as a research fellow.

Harold Coward is a professor of history and director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria.


“‘And what is silence,’ asks D. G. Jones, ‘beyond the absence of sound? Is it pregnant or empty, boring or terrifying, beatific or infernal?’ This book does not, of course, resolve these questions, but it provides some fascinating readings of them, especially, I think, where it embraces the possibilities of contemporary theory.”

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