The Fabulous Imagination: On Montaigne’s Essays

| August 18, 2010

Title: The fabulous imagination: on Montaigne’s Essays
Author: Lawrence D. Kritzman
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2009
Check It Out: PQ1643 .K75 2009

Recommendations: “This is one of the few books on Montaigne that fuses analytical skill with humane awareness of why Montaigne matters.”—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University

From the Publisher: Michel de Montaigne’s (1533-1592) Essais was a profound study of human subjectivity. More than three hundred years before the advent of psychoanalysis, Montaigne embarked on a remarkable quest to see and imagine the self from a variety of vantages. Through the questions How shall I live? How can I know myself? he explored the significance of monsters, nightmares, and traumatic memories; the fear of impotence; the fragility of gender; and the act of anticipating and coping with death.

About the Author: Lawrence D. Kritzman is professor of French and comparative literature at Dartmouth and director of the Institute of French Cultural Studies…

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