Cloaking the Voice in Silence: Wilkie Collins’s Hide and Seek and the Textual Spectacle

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dc.contributor.advisor Sherman, Deborah en_US Dolich, Lindsey en_US 2007-02-28T20:24:59Z 2007-02-28T20:24:59Z 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract Sound is not welcome in Wilkie Collins’ utopic, nameless neighborhood—a “no place,” or more appropriately, a “noiseless place.” Collins’ incredible attention to visual and aural detail in the opening pages of Hide and Seek quickly establishes the dialectic between image and word that becomes like Wordsworth’s “a sense sublime far more deeply interfused” throughout the text. By imaging a soundscape for the reader through his pen, by animating the scene at hand through the written word, Wilkie Collins becomes a metaphorical painter. Hide and Seek’s performance of what I call the “textual spectacle,” in which language may uncover, screen, or “play” with its form and substance, might provide us with an appropriate critical lens for examining these visual and aural structures. Collins’s modality of writing is figured as ekphrasis—the speaking picture, which not only paints the scene, but also paradoxically “mutes” the “unspeakable” sound as that which can only be contained and dissolved in the word. The lacunae left by these silences is a positive absence of sound, a metonymy that appropriately “names” and assigns space for deaf discourse. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of English en_US
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dc.subject.lcsh Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889. Hide and seek
dc.subject.lcsh Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Silence in literature
dc.title Cloaking the Voice in Silence: Wilkie Collins’s Hide and Seek and the Textual Spectacle en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en_US

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