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Writers of the modern essay can trace their chosen genre all the way back to Michel de Montaigne (1533–92). But save for the recent notable best seller How to Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell, Montaigne is largely ignored. After Montaigne—a collection of twenty-four new personal essays intended as tribute— aims to correct this collective lapse of memory and introduce modern readers and writers to their stylistic forebear.Though it’s been over four hundred years since he began writing his essays, Montaigne’s writing is still fresh, and his use of the form as a means of self-exploration in the world around him reads as innovative—even by modern standards. He is, simply put, the writer to whom all essayists are indebted. Each contributor has chosen one of Montaigne’s 107 essays and has written his/her own essay of the same title and on the same theme, using a quote from Montaigne’s essay as an epigraph. The overall effect is akin to a covers album, with each writer offering his or her own interpretation and stylistic verve to Montaigne’s themes in ways that both reinforce and challenge the French writer’s prose, ideas, and forms. Featuring a who’s who of contemporary essayists, After Montaigne offers a startling engagement with Montaigne and the essay form while also pointing the way to the genre’s potential new directions.Contributors: Marcia Aldrich, Chris Arthur, Robert Atwan, Barrie Jean Borich, Mary Cappello, Steven Church, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Brian Doyle, Lina M. Ferreira C. V., Vivian Gornick, Robin Hemley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Shannon Lakanen, David Lazar, E. J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Desirae Matherly, Maggie Nelson, José Orduña, Elena Passarello, Lia Purpura, Kristen Radtke, Amy Lee Scott, Jerald Walker, Nicole Walker

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. To the Reader, Sincerely
  2. David Lazar
  3. pp. 4-10
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  1. 2. Of Liars
  2. J. Levy
  3. pp. 11-15
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  1. 3. Of the Education of Children
  2. Brian Doyle
  3. pp. 16-22
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  1. 4. Of Prayers
  2. Lia Purpura
  3. pp. 23-29
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  1. 5. Of Thumbs
  2. Mary Cappello
  3. pp. 30-36
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  1. 6. Of Smells
  2. Wayne Koestenbaum
  3. pp. 37-41
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  1. 7. Of Cannibals
  2. Lina M. Ferreira C.-V.
  3. pp. 42-59
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  1. 8. How the Soul Discharges Its Emotions Against False Objects When Lacking Real Ones
  2. Danielle Cadena Deulen
  3. pp. 60-62
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  1. 9. Of Constancy
  2. Nicole Walker
  3. pp. 63-70
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  1. 10. Of Giving the Lie
  2. Bret Lott
  3. pp. 71-83
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  1. 11. Of Friendship
  2. Vivian Gornick
  3. pp. 84-90
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  1. 12. Of Idleness
  2. Steven Church
  3. pp. 91-103
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  1. 13. Against Idleness
  2. Kristen Radtke
  3. pp. 104-111
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  1. 14. Of the Affection of Fathers for Their Children
  2. Robin Hemley
  3. pp. 112-116
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  1. 15. Of Wearing My Red Dress [after “Of the Custom of Wearing Clothes”]
  2. Barrie Jean Borich
  3. pp. 117-128
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  1. 16. Of the Power of the Imagination
  2. Desirae Matherly
  3. pp. 129-140
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  1. 17. That Our Mind Hinders Itself
  2. José Orduña
  3. pp. 141-148
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  1. 18. Of Books and Huecos
  2. Judith Ortiz Cofer
  3. pp. 149-154
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  1. 19. Of Diversion
  2. Shannon Lakanen
  3. pp. 155-161
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  1. 20. Of Sex, Embarrassment, and the Miseries of Old Age [after “On Some Verses of Virgil”]
  2. Robert Atwan
  3. pp. 162-174
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  1. 21. Of Sleep
  2. Jerald Walker
  3. pp. 175-177
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  1. 22. Of the Inconvenience of Greatness
  2. Amy Lee Scott
  3. pp. 178-182
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  1. 23. Of Solitude
  2. Chris Arthur
  3. pp. 183-194
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  1. 24. Of Age
  2. Marcia Aldrich
  3. pp. 195-201
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  1. 25. Of Practice
  2. Patrick Madden
  3. pp. 202-212
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  1. 26. The Ceremony of the Interview of Princes
  2. Elena Passarello
  3. pp. 213-220
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  1. 27. We Can Savour Nothing Pure
  2. Maggie Nelson
  3. pp. 221-223
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  1. 28. Experience Necessary
  2. Phillip Lopate
  3. pp. 224-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. A Note on the Translations
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-252
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820348179
Related ISBN
9780820348155
MARC Record
OCLC
918892682
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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