Montaigne's Rhetoric: Composing Myself for Others, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Montaigne's Rhetoric

Composing Myself for Others, 1st Edition

Edited by Dikka Berven


408 pages

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Hardback: 9780815318415
pub: 1995-01-01
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Composing Myself for Others

Montaigne's Essais has been described as the most personal book in world literature. His claim to be of the same substance as his book, and the perpetual sense of his presence in the pages of the Essais, have led to much valuable scholarship on Montaigne's personal intellectual history. Recent trends in Montaigne criticism reveal a shift away from the writer toward an interest in uncovering rhetorical and compositional strategies used by Montaigne. Articles in this volume demonstrate that the engaging artfulness of Montaigne's natural style belies his modest pretense that he writes as he would speak; lately critics have proclaimed that the success of the self-portrait of the Essais may very well be due to Montaigne's unequalled rhetorical abilities.

About the Editor

Dikka Berven graduated from Pacific Lutheran Univ. in Tacoma, Washington, with a B.A. degree in French Literature and Mathematics. She earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She is presently teaching at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

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Montaigne: A Collection of Essays

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