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Essaying Montaigne:A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading$
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John O'Neill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239963

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313059

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Rival Readings

Rival Readings

(p.51) Chapter 3 Rival Readings
Essaying Montaigne:
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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.

Keywords:   Michel de Montaigne, Essays, political independence, Y.-J. Pouillou, Richard Regosin, Alfred Glauser, friendship, Étienne de La Boétie, Anthony Wilden, René Etiemble

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