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Ambiguities Of Silence: The Provocation Of The Void For Baroque Culture

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This chapter explores six dimensions of Baroque silence. First, it looks at the rhetoric of silence. Second, it elaborates on its performative dimensions. Third, it discusses silence with regard to emotional excess and raises the question of its depiction. Fourth, it reflects on the modes and limitations of a formal representation of silence. Fifth, it analyzes death as a figure of radical silence. Finally, it touches on early modern exegesis of God's silence and the epistemological problem of the void. In religious contexts, silence is discussed mainly in two contexts: the silence of the believer during ascetic practice, and mystic silence related to the epiphany of the divine.

Keywords: Baroque silence; God's silence; performative dimensions



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