Montaigne Lecture - Montaigne Lecture shows a crocodile and...

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Montaigne Lecture shows a crocodile and a barbarian on a foreign coast of the Americas. He views the people and animals inhabiting the area as primitive. Self Portrait- Montaigne looks very prestigious, as if he has very high aristocratic and elitist views.
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Montaigne’s home and study- Located in Bordeaux, has a circular study with hundreds of his favorite books. He has a close relationship with his library because he feels that it has the ability to face real problems. MONTAIGNE’S BOOKS
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Mont aigne’s Books: André Thevet, Cosmographie de Levant (1554): Colossus of Rhodes picture of naked barbarian who straddles a ship and stands on floating barrels, with sword and spear in hand) André Thevet, Les singularitez de la France Antarctique autrement nommé Amerique (1558): The Cannibals by same author named The Cannibals- picture of naked primitives killing each other
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Jean de Léry, Histoire d’un voyage faict en la terre du Bresil autrement dite Amerique (1578): Tupi family about a trip to Brazil, picture shows a naked family, and the paternal figure in foreground holding a bow and arrow protecting maternal figure and baby in background shows two naked men walking (possibly hunting) surrounded by an exotic book and a lemur-like monkey AGE OF IMPERIALISM Fusion. Empire. People on the Move--circulation of literature comes along with, along with increased class hierarchy, trade, violence and conflict between people who are “different” Montaigne is from the European sign. Well-educated, aristocratic Quotes: “This book was written in good faith, reader. It warns you from the outset that in it I have set myself no goal but a domestic and private one. I have had no thought of serving either you or my own glory. My powers are inadequate for such a purpose.” (1506)
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Following the tradition of false modesty, common at the time. Done because: you won’t hate them as much, makes the reader open to ideas, avoids censorship--France is in religious warfare. The topic of the fight is catholic and protestant. If you are going to write something provocative you need to be very subtle about it like Montaigne so that you don’t get in trouble. “Had I been placed among those nations which are said to live still in the sweet freedom of
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course HIS 306k taught by Professor Spellberg during the Spring '12 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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