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Monica J. Casper and Eric Wertheimer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896561

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896561.001.0001

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Voices of Silence

Voices of Silence

On Speaking from within the Void (A Response to Shahla Talebi)

(p.111) 7 Voices of Silence
Critical Trauma Studies

Gabriele M. Schwab

NYU Press

“Voices of Silence” is a dialogical response to Shahla Talebi’s essay in the same volume. Both pieces analyse the story of Bahareh, a little girl who was imprisoned with her mother in Iran’s Evian prison and never spoke until a few days after she was released to her grandparents when she was three years old. “Voices of Silence” explores the relationship between language, silence, aphasia and trauma as well as forms of a child’s embodiment of an “unthought knowledge” of her mother’s trauma. It ends with reflections on the role of aesthetic forms of expression such as song, poetry or storytelling in the voicing of trauma.

Keywords:   Violence, Trauma, Memory, Language, Silence, Aphasia, Embodiment, Literature

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