This book offers, in each case, intimate critical readings which spin out into broad interrogations about knowledge and experience in early modern French literature. It considers the ineffability of some kinds of experience alongside everyday human communication and encounters.
Introduction 1. Longinus 2. The Sublime and the Tragic 3. Theatrical Controversy 4. Corneille's Movements 5. Pascalian 'Connaissance' 6. Knowledge, Experience, and the Uses of ‘Expérience’ for Pascal 7. Embodiments of Experience: Montaigne and Augustine 8. Translations and Reflections 9. The Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes and the Sublime