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Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently

Steven Rendall

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151807
eISBN:
9780191672842
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151807.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Most modern critics (even those who have emphasized the ‘evolution’ of Montaigne's ideas) have sought to explain away the contradictions and incoherences of Montaigne's Essais. This book investigates ... More


Montaigne: Master-Mind Lecture

Terence Cave

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263518
eISBN:
9780191734021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture presents a sketch of another kind of historical reading of the Essais. This reading might help in recovering at least something of the modes of thinking and writing that is peculiar to ... More


Montaigne and America

Claude Lévi-Strauss

in We Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231170680
eISBN:
9780231541268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170680.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

Montaigne and the discovery of America


The Sea of Unhappiness

Thomas McFarland

in Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182870
eISBN:
9780191673894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182870.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses how Rosseau may possibly be the most important figure in intellectual history, for he figured at the very center of the profound shift of sensibility that eventuated in the ... More


Montaigne

Cave Terence

in The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance

Published in print:
1985
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158356
eISBN:
9780191673290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158356.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines cornucopian text problems in French Renaissance writing in the context of Michel de Montaigne's works. It suggests that a cornucopian movement may be traced in many of the ... More


Inquiétude

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Inquiétude is used in all cases as a singular noun either with no accompanying article or with a definite article of the eleven times it appears in the Pensées. Although the ... More


Pierre Charron's ‘Scandalous Book’  

Tullio Gregory

in Atheism from the Reformation to the Enlightenment

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198227366
eISBN:
9780191678684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227366.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, History of Religion

France in the seventeenth century was notorious for atheism. In the 1620s, Marin Mersenne asserted that Paris contained 50,000 atheists. Using Mersenne as a starting point, this chapter assesses ... More


Towards Stylistic Maturity: Christian and Mythological Figures of Speech In Proust's Writing Other Than A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu

Margaret Topping

in Proust's Gods: Christian and Mythological Figures of Speech in the Works of Marcel Proust

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160083
eISBN:
9780191673771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160083.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Many of the principal themes of the mature novel were in place from Proust's earlier attempt at a full-scale narrative, Jean Santeuil, but it was only during the intermediate creative years that ... More


Introductions

Steven Rendall

in Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151807
eISBN:
9780191672842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151807.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

One way of reading a text differently focuses on the frictions and discontinuities within the text. Montaigne's Essais seems an obvious candidate for this kind of reading. Their countless quotations ... More


Faces

Steven Rendall

in Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151807
eISBN:
9780191672842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151807.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines Montaigne's treatment of non-verbal signs, and suggests that his conception of the Essais as a self-portrait is linked to an attempt to limit the diversity of meaning by ... More


Conclusions

Steven Rendall

in Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151807
eISBN:
9780191672842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151807.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter inquires into the significance of Montaigne's claim that he adds but does not correct as a statement of a textual norm. When it is read in context, it is clear that the point is that ... More


Cannibal–Animal: Figurations of the (In)Human in Montaigne, Foxe, and Shakespearean Revenge Tragedy

Andreas Höfele

in Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare's Theatre

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199567645
eISBN:
9780191731075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567645.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the destabilizing of fundamental normative distinctions in the forms of juridical violence which, although set up to counter encroachments of the wild, barbaric and bestial, ... More


On Cosmographic Autobiography: Montaigne’s Essais

Ayesha Ramachandran

in The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226288796
eISBN:
9780226288826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226288826.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

A counterpart to the symbolic affinities between the knowing self and the unknowable world in Mercator’s Atlas, the Essais reveal, from the perspective of the late Renaissance, the profound epistemic ... More


The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe: Volume Two: The Reader-Writer

Warren Boutcher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198739661
eISBN:
9780191831126
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739661.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne’s Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern Western university. Volume 1 focuses on contexts from ... More


Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics

Douglas I. Thompson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190679934
eISBN:
9780190679965
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679934.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics provides a new interpretation of Michel de Montaigne’s Essais in the context of his activity as a political negotiator between combatant parties during the ... More


The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe: Volume One: The Patron Author

Warren Boutcher

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198123743
eISBN:
9780191829437
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123743.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne’s Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern Western university. Volume 1 focuses on contexts from ... More


Introduction: Volume 1

Warren Boutcher

in The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe: Volume One: The Patron Author

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198123743
eISBN:
9780191829437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123743.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

A brief summary of the main theme of Volume 1 (Montaigne as ‘patron-author’) and of the contents of each individual chapter (1.1–1.7). Volume 1 analyses Montaigne’s persona as the patron of his own ... More


Hamlet in three French lights

Richard Hillman

in French Reflections in the Shakespearean Tragic: Three Case Studies

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719087172
eISBN:
9781781706343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087172.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

It is proposed that the central personage of Shakespeare’s tragedy derives his elusiveness and complexity in part from three clusters of French intertexts. The first, which produces a ‘philosophical ... More


Montaigne and His Swallows

Tom Conley

in An Errant Eye: Poetry and Topography in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816669646
eISBN:
9781452946573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816669646.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the Essais of Michel de Montaigne, particularly the Apologie de Raimond Sebond, a piece that reflects on the frailty of human reason through determining whether swallows surpass ... More


Montaigne’s Political Style

Douglas I. Thompson

in Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190679934
eISBN:
9780190679965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679934.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

This chapter argues that we can read the Essais as an integral part and product of Michel de Montaigne’s life of political action. Investigating Montaigne’s appropriation and expansion of existing ... More


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