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Montaigne in Motion
     

Montaigne in Motion

by Jean Starobinski, Arthur Goldhammer (Translator)
 

Educated in the humanities and trained in psychiatry, Jean Starobinski is a central figure in the Geneva School of criticism. His classic work, Montaigne in Motion, is a subtly conceived and elegantly written study of the Essais of Montaigne, whose deceptively plainspoken meditations have entranced readers and stimulated philosophers since their first

Overview

Educated in the humanities and trained in psychiatry, Jean Starobinski is a central figure in the Geneva School of criticism. His classic work, Montaigne in Motion, is a subtly conceived and elegantly written study of the Essais of Montaigne, whose deceptively plainspoken meditations have entranced readers and stimulated philosophers since their first publication in 1580 and 1595.

Here Starobinski offers a decidedly postmodern reading of Montaigne. In chapters dealing with the themes of public and private life, friendship, death, the body, and love, Starobinski reveals much that will remind us that Montaigne’s thought is as apropos to our time as it was to his own.

“The most important contribution to Montaigne studies since Friedrich’s work . . . . [It] will be the critical framework in which scholars will discuss Montaigne in the years to come.”—Choice

 

“Starobinski brings Montaigne to life by treating him as our contemporary and asking him modern questions.”—Hudson Review

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226771311
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/30/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jean Starobinski, winner of the 1984 Balzan Prize, is emeritus professor of French literature at the University of Geneva.

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