Michel de Montaigne | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 43 pages of analysis & critique of Michel de Montaigne.
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SOURCE: Glidden, Hope H. “The Face in the Text: Montaigne's Emblematic Self-Portrait (Essais III:12).” Renaissance Quarterly 46, no. 1 (spring 1993): 71-97.

In the following essay, Glidden examines Montaigne's self-representation in the essay “Of Physiognomy.”

On the opening page of his penultimate essay, “Of physiognomy,” Montaigne noted that the human race is, by and large, myopic: “Nous n'apercevons les graces que pointues, bouffies et enflées d'artifice. Celles qui coulent soubs la nayfveté et la simplicité eschappent ayséement à une veue grossiere comme est la nostre: elles ont une beauté delicate et cachée; il faut la veue nette et bien purgée pour descouvrir cette secrette lumiere.”1 (“We perceive no charms that are not sharpened, puffed out, and inflated by artifice. Those which glide along naturally and simply easily escape a sight so gross as ours. They have a delicate and hidden beauty; we need a clear and well-purged sight...

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