ABSTRACT

This chapter aims to contribute to the argument that while to some, nothingness may connote a gap or emptiness, a failure to consider that which might inhabit the emptiness omits many things from consideration. It describes how nothingness in the form of silence is often all that presents itself for consideration. The chapter explains accounted for the so-called nothingness in work as a researcher, and implications for an undisciplining of language as informed by the work of Vicky Kirby. Silence is that which refuses to be contained within a bounded language devoid of rupture, trace, and chaos. If silences are a form of nothingness, then they are to be considered as Derrida does: as an absent presence that was never there in a physical or "real" sense, but that which is always already there, preceding our speaking and writing. The ancient Hebrews recognized this in the silent speaking of Yahweh in the scriptures.