Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Columbia College Alumni Association
With his Essays, Montaigne invented not just the essay but also the literary self-portrait. In doing so, he set a challenge for himself and for future portraitists when he wrote: "I do not paint the being, I paint the passage: not a passage from one age to another, or as the people say from seven years to seven years, but from day to day, from minute to minute." How is it possible to capture the incessant movement of the human mind in writing? What does it mean for a book to be, as Montaigne claimed of his Essays, "consubstantial with its author?" What bearing does self-knowledge have on our understanding of others? Join Professor Joanna Stalnaker for three evenings of rich discussion on the literary form Montaigne invented to respond to these questions and then the divergent ways his challenge was taken up by two subsequent writers of the French tradition, Rousseau and Colette. REGISTRATION COMING SOON
DATES: Wednesday, October 11 Wednesday, October 25 Wednesday, November 8 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.