This chapter examines the views of rival critics concerning the style, composition, and sense of Michel de Montaigne's Essays. One such critic is Y.-J. Pouillou, who rejects both a moralist reading and an aesthetic reading of the Essays. The chapter also analyses ideological reading in the context of Anthony Wilden's interpretation of friendship in the Essays and René Etiemble's account of the essay ‘Of Coaches’. It shows that the relationship between Montaigne and Étienne de La Boétie is critical to the question of political independence in fundamental, yet seemingly opposed ways. In addition, rival readings by Richard Regosin and Alfred Glauser are considered.
Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.