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Montaigne's English JourneyReading the Essays in Shakespeare's Day$
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William M. Hamlin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684113.001.0001

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Florio's Theatrical Montaigne

Florio's Theatrical Montaigne

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(p.35) 1 Florio's Theatrical Montaigne
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Montaigne's English Journey
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William M. Hamlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684113.003.0002

This chapter centres on the claim that John Florio's translation of the Essays lends a strongly theatrical inflection to Montaigne's original French. Not only at the level of dramatic allusion, but within the very fabric of diction, idiom, and metaphor, Florio renders Montaigne into an English sharply attuned to contemporary interest in stage-plays and spectacle. The voice of Montaigne, for Jacobean poets, playwrights, and readers, is a voice exhibiting profound affinities with a theatrical orientation toward the world.

Keywords:   Montaigne, Florio, early modern drama, early modern theatre, translation, reception, marginalia, the Essays

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