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Nayar, Pramod K. "The Rhetoric of Silence/ing: Hush." Margins 3. (2013): 32–44. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Nayar2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Hush", India, Ray. Manta, Rhetoric, Trauma, Wordless comics
Creators: Nayar
Collection: Margins
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This essay argues that Hush, the graphic novel on child abuse, appropriates silence as a textual/narrative strategy to ‘speak’ of a subject on which society is usually silent. In medium that uses both word and image, Hush is radical in not using words at all. The silencing works at the level of the girl child’s body – which is constantly ‘enclosed’ – and thus serves as a visual representation of commonly accepted notions of the child’s protected (enclosed) body within the circle of the family but which is subverted because the enclosed body is the abused body. I then argue that the hand-over-mouth visuals embody the silencing of languages of protest in Hush, and serve to demonstrate the denial of sovereignty to the body. In this essay I argue that the denial of rhetorical sovereignty to an individual is to deny material sovereignty in toto.
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