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Language and human action : conceptions of language in the Essais of Montaigne

Author: R A Watson
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1996.
Series: Studies in the humanities (New York, N.Y.), v. 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Certainly the most elaborate single extant monument of Renaissance French prose literature, Michel de Montaigne's Essais presents a subject matter that often discusses and analyzes concepts of language in general as well as language as a vehicle of its own expression.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Watson, R.A., 1952-
Language and human action.
New York : P. Lang, ©1996
(OCoLC)606164211
Named Person: Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Montaigne; Montaigne, Michel de <1533-1592> - Et la langue.; Montaigne, Michel de <1533-1592> / Essais.; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel de Montaigne; Michel Eyquem de Montaigne; Michel Eyquem{de Montaigne
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R A Watson
ISBN: 0820419877 9780820419879
OCLC Number: 27640618
Notes: English, French and German.
Description: 97 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The Language of Intellectual Action: The Attempt at a Statement of Truth --
II. The Language of Ethical Action: The Expression of Truth --
III. The Language of Esthetic Action: The Appearance of Truth.
Series Title: Studies in the humanities (New York, N.Y.), v. 12.
Responsibility: R.A. Watson.

Abstract:

Certainly the most elaborate single extant monument of Renaissance French prose literature, Michel de Montaigne's Essais presents a subject matter that often discusses and analyzes concepts of language in general as well as language as a vehicle of its own expression.

This study addresses the author's exploration of the dedalus of language as he ambles and rambles its roads, streets, and alleys; draws the portrait of his philosophy of language or philology; and concludes his affirmative and positivistic attitude toward language and its literary application or the art and artistry of literature.

The great Renaissance humanist's depiction of language in the Essais is analyzed in this book on the basis of its division among intellectual, moral, and aesthetic aspects. This threefold reduction, finding its derivation in the critical work of Aristotle, Auerbach, and Bowen, is also related to the few particular and the important general critical studies of Montaigne and his vision and use, creation and re-creation of language.

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