Inarticulacy: An Interdisciplinary Early Modern Conference

Our first annual conference is over! Thanks to all of our guests and participants for making it so successful! We had a great time and it's all thanks to you guys.


UC Berkeley, Wheeler Hall

November 12 - 13, 2011

View the conference schedule to see abstracts for the papers delivered at this conference.

When Cordelia responds to Lear with "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave/My heart into my mouth" she both does and does not follow her own resolution to "Love, and be silent." Like Hamlet before her, Cordelia has "that within which passeth show," however, as a character on the stage, she is bound by literary convention to speak. Yet broader conventions, perhaps even necessity, compel human expression to manifest in human voice. As some philosophers have argued, to see and to be seen is not the only activity that provides the objective reality to subjective experience, but also to hear and to be heard. But what happens when words do not seem to suffice? And how can a scholarship dependent on reconstructed 'presence' interpret such absences, silences, and imprecisions in literary texts, the historical record, and visual media? This conference concerns such moments at the intersection of speech, silence, and wordless expression.