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Literature as the Measure of our Lives

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWITTGENSTEIN AND THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE
EditorsHanne Appelqvist
PublisherRoutledge
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Jun 2019

Abstract

In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Toni Morrison said: 'We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.' In this paper, I explore, with the help of Wittgenstein, how the language of literature can be the measure of our lives only by exceeding language – that is, by showing what cannot be said.

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