Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently Steven Rendall

ISBN: 9780198151807

Published: August 21st 2001

Hardcover

152 pages


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Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently  by  Steven Rendall

Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently by Steven Rendall
August 21st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 152 pages | ISBN: 9780198151807 | 3.48 Mb

Most modern critics (even those who have emphasized the evolution of Montaignes ideas) have sought to explain away the contradictions and incoherences of Montaignes Essais. Rendall investigates the role of these internal differences in theMoreMost modern critics (even those who have emphasized the evolution of Montaignes ideas) have sought to explain away the contradictions and incoherences of Montaignes Essais.

Rendall investigates the role of these internal differences in the opinions recorded, in voices and modes of discourse, in logical levels, in conceptions of writing and of reading, through a series of careful, lucid readings of selected passages of Essais. The author tracks their operation in the text and shows how Montaignes writing constantly recontextualizes his own discourse--through his practice of interpolating new material in successive editions and adding new chapters--as well as that of other authors through quotation, paraphrase, and commentary.

Rather than merely negative features, Rendall argues that such differences are essential to a practice of writing that both defines and challenges a notion of unity and can be seen as an uneasy and disturbing element related to a historical shift from earlier ways of controlling meaning to one based on the author function.

This careful and lucid book presents a fresh and significant interpretation of the Essais and shows how Montaignes work might be read in a different way.



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