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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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The Paradox of Communication: Reading the Essays Otherwise

The Paradox of Communication: Reading the Essays Otherwise

(p.107) Chapter 6 The Paradox of Communication: Reading the Essays Otherwise
Essaying Montaigne:
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Anthony Wilden has analysed the literary project of the Essays in terms of Michel de Montaigne's longing for the lost plenitude of his friendship with Étienne de La Boétie. This chapter examines Wilden's complex use of Marxist (Georg Lukács) and Freudian (Jacques Lacan) interpretation as well as his arguments regarding Montaigne's concept of self and social relationships. In reading the Essays, Wilden locates Montaigne in a particular socio-economic context and labels him as an ideologist of bourgeois individualism. This strategy is informed by the authority in Karl Marx, and in particular in Lukács's The Theory of the Novel.

Keywords:   Anthony Wilden, Essays, Michel de Montaigne, Georg Lukács, Jacques Lacan, self, social relationships, individualism, Karl Marx, The Theory of the Novel

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