Absences, omissions and lapses in Montaigne’s Essais Cover Image

Absents et absences dans les Essais de Montaigne
Absences, omissions and lapses in Montaigne’s Essais

Author(s): Denis Bjaï
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Instytut Filologii Romańskiej & Wydawnictwo Werset
Keywords: absence; omission; lapse; silence; Michel de Montaigne; Essais

Summary/Abstract: Except for Étienne de la Boétie, the friend for ever gone but whose presence pervades the Essais so vividly, the reader can notice the nearly total – and therefore puzzling – absence of Montaigne’s mother, Antoinette de Louppes, contrasting with the recurrent mentions to his father, Pierre Eyquem. He will also encounter strange omissions, such as Montaigne’s silence on St-Bartholomew’s Day massacre, and telling lapses, for instance on the answers given to young King Charles IX by the cannibals from Brazil. Do the Essais really “tell everything” (On vanity, III, 9), as Montaigne claims they do ?

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 11-22
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: French