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Speaking Out pp 177-196 | Cite as

That Which Must Be Broken: Silence and the Politics of Listening

  • Tanya Serisier
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Abstract

This chapter revisits the opposition between speech and silence that underwrites much of feminist and survivor discourse in this area. The chapter argues for a more complex understanding of speech and silence that recognises, following theorists such as Foucault, Lyotard and Brown, that both speech and silence are components of discourse and that neither are inherently liberating or oppressive. The chapter explores survivor narratives for more nuanced understandings of silence. I argue that silence is an essential component of listening and, in this way, may constitute an essential part of any ethics of feminist responses to survivor speech.

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  • Tanya Serisier
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  1. 1.School of LawBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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