The Essay: An Attempt, A Protean Form

Forum: The Essay: An Attempt, A Protean Form
Forum Editor(s): Denise Gigante
| Volume 4, Issue 1

Contributors to the forum convene to grapple with the all-important question: what is the essay?

| Volume 4, Issue 1

What can the oddities of Montaigne's Essays teach us about the multifaceted--and perhaps even omnidirectional--nature of literary influence and inheritance? 

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Three of Swift's "incoherent" essays in relation to contemporary debates on individual consciousness and authority.

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How Orwell manages to be both “writerly” and earnestly plain in the manner of political journalism, through two representative essays.

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Harrison explores the commitments of Robert Musil's essayistic ontology, finding their fullest expression in his great essayistic novel The Man Without Qualities.

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How Borges's essays succeed at "an obscure, intimate adventure they could not arrive at except through the grand, expected misfire"

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Can the genre of the essay become the frame for a new, decidedly contemporaneous style of literary criticism?

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An annotated bibliography of influential and interesting accounts of the essay.