• Silence and writing: the voices that inhabit us (Woolf, Duras, Perec, Celati)
  • Zoli, Giulia <1993>


  • L-FIL-LET/14 Critica letteraria e letterature comparate


  • My thesis investigates the forms, modalities and issues related to the notion of 'silence' in the texts and poetics of Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Georges Perec and Gianni Celati. This study relates to the 20th century European context and is set within the framework of music-literary studies, since silence is an acoustic phenomenon that concerns the whole word, thus also the written word. The material is structured according to a distribution that firstly involves the construction of a methodological framework that employs music-literary studies, the philosophy of language, the aesthetics of reception and psychoanalytic trauma studies; secondly, an analysis of some of the autobiographical works of the mentioned writers was undertaken, with a particular focus on the notion of trauma associated with silence; thirdly, the focus was placed on the theme of silence in the novelistic and fictional writings of the same authors; finally, a reflection on the poetics and aesthetics of silence was proposed. This study, which brings together several perspectives on silence, aims to shed light, through a comparative and transmedial approach, on the necessity of silence that is inherent in the word, and not a phenomenon opposed to it.


  • 2023-06-23


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Zoli, Giulia (2023) Silence and writing: the voices that inhabit us (Woolf, Duras, Perec, Celati), [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Lingue, letterature e culture moderne , 35 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/10904.