Part I examines literary conventions as forms of ethical indecision in studies of Empson, Hamlet, and Elizabethan portraiture. Part II defines the "ethics of the unsaid" as an act of resistance and judgment in the work of Austen, Irigaray, and Chaucer. Part III considers discursive "networks," formally in Boethius, technologically in Joyce, and academically in the policy of modern universities on tenure. This book includes essays by Elaine Bandor, Maggie Berg, David Braybrooke, Abbott Conway, Leslie Duer, Dean Frye, Donald F. Theall, Gary Wihl, and David Williams, and honours A.E. Malloch.