University of Hertfordshire

By the same authors

Literature as the Measure of our Lives

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Documents

Links

View graph of relations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWITTGENSTEIN AND THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE
EditorsHanne Appelqvist
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781351202671
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020

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.

Notes

© 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is the accepted manuscript version of a chapter which has been published in final form at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351202671/chapters/10.4324/9781351202671-13

ID: 16845749