Katrin Meise reformulates Wittgenstein's famous dictum-"What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence"-in a way that is particularly germane to a reading of Warren's novel Flood: ''What we pass over in silence, we must speak about." Warren establishes a complex aesthetic that incorporates silence into the circuit of discourse, forcing characters to confront the limitations of language, even as they realize the redemptive power of telling a "true" story.
"Le Silence du Bonheur and the House of Forgiveness: Space and Silence in Flood,"
Robert Penn Warren Studies: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/rpwstudies/vol2/iss1/7