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Silence, the Word and the Sacred

Edited by E.D. Blodgett & Harold Coward
Subjects Literary Criticism, Religion
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Hardcover : 9780889209817, 238 pages, August 1989
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780889205246, 238 pages, October 2010


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.