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How to Read Montaigne by Terence Cave
  

How to Read Montaigne

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How to Read Montaigne by Terence Cave

Montaigne (1533-92) is commonly regarded as an early modern sceptic, standing at the threshold of a new secular way of thinking. He is also known for his ground-breaking exploration of the 'subject' or the 'self'. Terence Cave discusses these and other key aspects of the Essais (Montaigne's major work) not as philosophical themes but as features in the mapping of a mental landscape: the project of the Essais is cognitive rather than philosophical. Similarly, he reads the Essais not as 'essays' in the literary sense but as 'trials' or 'soundings' in which the manner of writing - the shape of the sentences, the use of metaphors and other figures - is crucial. Taking passages from many different chapters of the Essais , this book guides the reader through Montaigne's investigation of the 'subtle shades and stirrings' of the mind.

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'These [How to Read] books let you encounter thinkers eyeball to eyeball by analysing passages from their work'
Terry Eagleton, New Statesman

About the Author

Terence Cave is Emeritus Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, Emeritus Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance and other studies in early modern French culture.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th August 2007

Author

Terence Cave

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
112 pages

Categories

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600

ISBN

9781862079441

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