Proximity: Silence

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies


This chapter draws on the work of Dionne Brand, M. NourbeSe Philip, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Eve Tuck, and C. Ree to consider the nature of silence. Starting from the symbol ‘O,’ this chapter reads silence in relation to silenced histories, diasporic wanderings, interrupted utterances, island spaces, and the ghostly disturbances of the inbetween. Silence, this chapter observes, is encrypted, a site of contestation and possibility, oppression and resistance.


Silence Haunting Memory Place 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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