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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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Sexuality and Censorship in the Essayes

Sexuality and Censorship in the Essayes

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(p.50) 2 Sexuality and Censorship in the Essayes
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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/9780199684113.003.0003

Chapter 2 explores the paradoxical fact that John Florio simultaneously extends and diminishes Montaigne's censorship of sexually-oriented material within the Essays. Concentrating in particular upon ‘Of the Force of Imagination’ and ‘Upon some Verses of Virgil’—two of Montaigne's most potentially scandalous essays—this chapter shows in vivid detail that early English readers of Montaigne were more vocal, intellectually adventurous, and sexually curious than they were imagined to be by the very writers whose linguistic and discursive choices establish the forms of sexual censorship found in the Essays.

Keywords:   Montaigne, Florio, translation, sexuality, censorship, marginalia, erotic writing, erotica

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