John Guilliory

Oct 24, 2022

Halloween Special: Michel de Montaigne’s Cat

A Discussion with John Guilliory

New Books Network 2022

In part one of our Halloween Special on Cats, Kim talks with John Guilliory about Montaigne’s essay “An Apology for Raymond Sebond.” Montaigne asks us: “When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?”

John Guillory is a professor of English at New York University. He is a scholar of Renaissance literature, who is known for his work on why we read what we read, in Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation (University of Chicago Press: 1993).

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