Timothy Chesters

in Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599806
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723537 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs


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The book's conclusion reviews the material considered in early chapters through the prism of a passage in Montaigne's ‘Des boiteux’. In it Montaigne pauses suddenly to consider, in astonishment, his own ghostliness: ‘Plus je me hante et me connois, […] moins je m'entens en moy’. The implications of this remark are drawn out with reference to a further passage in which Montaigne narrates the story of a ghost hoax which almost convinced the inhabitants of a neighbouring village. Such is our taste for marvels, he claims, that the truth evaporates in our ardour for a story. The final section briefly reviews the continuing taste for ghost stories in seventeenth-century France.

Keywords: Montaigne; scepticism; curiosity; haunting; seventeenth-century ghosts

Chapter.  3554 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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