Kate McLoughlin

Kate is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has recently been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for her project on the history of silence in English. Literature and silence may seem a paradoxical subject, but in its treatment of silence, ‘literature penetrates the most profound aspects of our existence: our relationship with Nature and the divine; our understanding of what makes a self; our most powerful and intimate feelings of love and grief; our sense of wonder’.

A Literary History of Silence is the first comprehensive study of the subject, and will take us from the haunting Anglo-Saxon poems of exile, through eleven hugely varied centuries of literature, to an exploration of what silence can mean in our digital age.