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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


Reading Sexuality Skeptically in Montaigne

Todd W. Reeser

in Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226307008
eISBN:
9780226307145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226307145.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The publication and popularity of Henri Estienne’s Latin translation of Sextus Empiricus’s Outlines of Skepticism allows for a new, skeptical approach to same-sex sexuality that questions its ... 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


Montaigne, Julian, and “Others”: The Quest for Peaceful Coexistence in Public Space

David M. Posner

in Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823267309
eISBN:
9780823272334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Michel de Montaigne’s treatment of fourth-century Roman emperor Julian in De la liberté de conscience offers a fascinating lesson in church-state relations and Montaigne’s relationship with himself. ... More


Apology for the Woman Writing and Other Works

Marie le Jars de Gournay

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226305554
eISBN:
9780226305264
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226305264.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

During her lifetime, the gifted writer Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565–1645) was celebrated as one of the “seventy most famous women of all time” in Jean de la Forge's Circle of Learned Women (1663). ... More


Montaigne, La Boétie, Homer: From Parlement to Parley

Marc Bizer

in Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199731565
eISBN:
9780199918478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter closes a cycle begun at the end of part I with La Boétie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude: we will see that Montaigne again takes up the question of sovereignty, where Homer’s ... More


Derrida at Montaigne: A Stay of Execution

Katie Chenoweth

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the Eleventh Session of Derrida’s Death Penalty seminar. In this session Derrida pauses in his readings of post-Enlightenment abolitionist discourse to turn to the Essais of ... 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


The Politics of Fertility in Seventeenth-Century France

Leslie Tuttle

in Conceiving the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195381603
eISBN:
9780199870295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381603.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Political History

Human fertility was a political issue in modern France long before eighteenth‐century writers raised concerns about depopulation. This chapters surveys seventeenth‐century thinking about the ... More


Montaigne

Neil Kenny

in Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780198754039
eISBN:
9780191815782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754039.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The second case study of a major vernacular writer is Montaigne. The tenses of his Essais (first published 1580–95) communicate wavering and hesitation as to how much presence to attribute or deny to ... More


Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

Marc Bizer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199731565
eISBN:
9780199918478
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731565.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The historical and cultural particularities of sixteenth-century France made interpretations of Homer of the period particularly rich in implications for a study of the interrelationship between ... More


Paradoxical Encounters: The Essay as a Space of Globalization in Montaigne’s ‘Des Cannibales’ and Maryse Condé’s ‘O Brave New World’

Eva Sansavior

in Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381519
eISBN:
9781781384923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.003.0005
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter examines the cultural history of globalization by focusing on the genre of the essay as a site of paradoxical trans-historical and transcultural encounters. Reading against the grain of ... More


‘De l'amitié’ (Essais 1.28): ‘Luy’ and ‘Moy’

Ann Moss

in Distant Voices Still Heard: Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237853
eISBN:
9781846312977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237853.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Michel de Montaigne's essay ‘De l'amitié’ and its focus on friendship. The exordium to the essay on friendship implies many of the commonplaces which will later ... More


Exiting the Marketplace of Intolerance

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/9780190679934.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

This chapter investigates Michel de Montaigne’s treatment of the emergent discourse of reason of state. It shows that Montaigne neither affirms nor rejects reason of state; instead, he argues both ... 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


History without Passion: National Historiography in the Age of Oubliance

Andrea Frisch

in Forgetting Differences: Tragedy, Historiography, and the French Wars of Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780748694396
eISBN:
9781474412322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694396.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Considers historiographical texts in both verse and prose that incorporate the civil “troubles” into their representation of the French past, paying special attention to the relationship between ... More


A Canonical History of Jewish Circumcision

Shaye J. D. Cohen

in Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?: Gender and Covenant in Judaism

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520212503
eISBN:
9780520920491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520212503.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a history of Jewish male circumcision, from the Bible to the Talmud, to the high Middle Ages, analyzing changes in meaning, ritual, and surgical practice relying on different ... More


Conclusion

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/9780198158356.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the cornucopian text problems of French Renaissance writings. It suggests that the four 16th-century writers considered in this study, ... More


Portrait of the Essayist Without Qualities

in Essaying Montaigne:: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853239963
eISBN:
9781846313059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853239963.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Commentaries on the Essays suggest the predominance of Michel de Montaigne's self-portrait in them, without paying much attention to the intrinsic difficulties in the project of self-analysis. The ... More


Pericles in Disgrace: A Long Spell in Purgatory (15th to 18th Centuries)

Vincent Azoulay

in Pericles of Athens

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154596
eISBN:
9781400851171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154596.003.0012
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the idea of a disgraced, even forgotten Pericles. In the accounts of Athens from Antiquity right down to the eighteenth century, Pericles, ignored and sometimes discredited, was ... More


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