Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

'Qu'est-ce que la critique' : La Boétie, Montaigne, Foucault.

Schachter, Marc (2009) ''Qu'est-ce que la critique' : La Boétie, Montaigne, Foucault.', in Montaigne after theory / Theory after Montaigne. Washington: University of Washington Press, pp. 122-141.

Abstract

Essayist Michel de Montaigne is one of the most accessible and widely read authors in world literature. His skepticism and relativism, and the personal quality of his writing, make him a perennial favorite among readers today. Montaigne After Theory / Theory After Montaigne pursues the idea that theory has altered the scholarly understanding of Montaigne, while Montaigne's ideas have simultaneously challenged the authority of the various interpretive doxa collectively known as "theory." Montaigne's life and writings have drawn myriad interpretations. While some scholars of his work focus on the content of the writings to define the man, others stress his playful use of language. Montaigne's complex and multifaceted works provide fertile ground for exploring themes of wide-ranging significance within the field of literary theory, including the relationship between biography and theory; the critique of modernism; a critical history of the confessional mode of writing; sexuality and gender; and the theory of practice. The essays in this collection move beyond the current stalemate in Montaigne criticism by revisiting questions about the role of theory in literary studies and by opening up a dialogue on the validity and limitations, or use and abuse, of theory in Montaigne studies.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
File format - PDF
(121Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9780295800479
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:14 May 2015
Date of first online publication:December 2009
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Export:
Export
Look up in GoogleScholar