Date of Submission

Spring 2010

Academic Program

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature


Eric Trudel

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This dissertation is written in French, and deals with several works centered around World War II and the Holocaust. In these works, I explore the theme of silence in all of its manifestations, specifically as an agent of guilt, of memory, and of a struggle. Among the works are Vercors' Le Silence de la Mer, Perec's W ou le souvenir d'enfance, and Camus' La Chute. My thesis deals with the idea that silence is unspeakable, drawing on the work of Thomas Trezise and Shoshana Felman, and through this unspeakability, the questioning of what is accepted.

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