Essaying Montaigne: A Study of the Renaissance Institution of Writing and Reading

Synopsis

Preface to the revised editionTo the Reader1. Society and Self-study: the Problem of Literary Authority2. Literary Anxiety and the Romance of Books3. Rival Readings4. Writing and Embodiment5. Reading and Temperament6. The Paradox of Communication: Reading the Essays Otherwise7. Portrait of the Essayist Without Qualities8. On Public and Private Life9. Civilisation, Literacy and Barbarism10. On Living and Dying as We DoNotesBibliographyIndex