From the Perspective of the Self

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Januar 1994



In 1580 Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) presented a literary project to the public the type of which had never before been introduced - a collection of Essays with himself as subject. Never before had a writer attempted a literary self-portrait, and in so doing Montaigne named and defined a new literary form, the essay. Brush's critical study of the Essays examines the complex process of writing a self-portrait, showing the ways in which it is an entirely different enterprise from writing autobiography. The author discusses how Montaigne revealed his "mind in motion", and the most remarkable feature of that mind, skepticism. He treats Montaigne's development of a conversational voice and explicates how Montaigne's intense self-examination became an evolutionary process which had consequences in his life and literature. The work concludes with a discussion of how Montaigne's self-assigned task of introspection included the formation of a view of humanity and its ethics. Brush's work fills a gap in scholarship by critically examining the essential loci of the Essays, namely, the creation of a literary self-portrait. Montaigne's works are cited in English translation, and the subject is presented in terms accessible to the non-specialist.


Craig B. Brush is Professor of French at Fordham University and author of Montaigne and Bayle: Variations on the Theme of Skepticism.
EAN: 9780823215508
ISBN: 0823215504
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1994
Seitenanzahl: 328 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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