Abstract

Throughout the history of interpretation readers have been accused of making “anything of anything”: “quidlibet ex quolibet,” or “whatever you like out of whatever you like.” Looking at a variety of cases--from Montaigne’s descriptions of bad reading in the Essais to Shakespeare’s portrayals of characters who make much of little--I show how and why, in early modern culture, the habit of making “anything of anything” calls questions of ontology to mind.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 989-1008
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-08
Open Access
No
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