By Jennifer Birkett
This finished new consultant maps the background of French literature from Rabelais to Koltes. performs, poetry, and prose by means of the good writers of the French literary culture are mentioned along paintings recovered from canonical margins by means of new scholarship and varied severe views. contains updated bibliographies.
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Montaigne has learned, Stoically, to use routine to keep the desires or pains of his body in check, and to use his intellectual faculties, especially his imagination, to change bodily pain by changing his attitude to it. Writing autobiography is an act of self-protection. If he feels pain in the present, his fear of its implications can be conjured away by reading notes which preserve his recollections of similar pain in the past, which passed without consequence: 'A faute de memoire naturelle j' en forge de papier' ['Having no natural memory, I forge a paper one'].
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A Guide to French Literature: From Early Modern to Postmodern by Jennifer Birkett