Disruptive Silence/Inhabiting Near-Inaudibility

Angelica Stathopoulos, Jayne Desmond


Disruptive Silence/Inhabiting Near-Inaudibility is the first part of a dialogue between Angelica Stathopoulos and Jayne Desmond which aims to rethink ways of being in / with / alongside silence. Drawing on lived experience and a range of theoretical and literary texts including works by Jacqueline Rose, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Hélène Cixous, Virginia Woolf, Luce Irigaray, Judith Jack Halberstam, Chris Kraus, Lynne Huffer, Kate Zambreno, Dodie Belamy, Violette Leduc, Eugenie Brinkema, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Maurice Blanchot, Clarice Lispector, Stanley Cavell, J.L Austin, Gwen Stefani and Anais Nin, we explore an alternative conceptual framework for silence, distinct from its relegation to minor pause between more meaningful units of speech and its association with oppression and privilege. The essay serves as an introduction to an ongoing exploration of the radical potential of silence between two. Through combining our philosophical and creative perspectives, focusing on silence as mode of being, literary process and communicative tool, we hope to contribute to the reconfiguration of silence as both subversive strategy and ethical position. The ongoing project is experiential, we share and explore our subject in text and silently.


Silence; Écriture Féminine; Queer Theory; Literature; Philosophy; Creativity

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