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Publication details for Prof John O'Brien

O'Brien, John (2009). "O Courbes, méandre…": Montaigne, Epicurus and the Art of Slowness. In Pre-histories and Afterlives. Studies in Critical Method. Holland, Anna & Scholar, Richard Oxford: Legenda. 81-93.

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If the past is indeed a foreign country, then how can we make sense of its richness and difference, without approaching it on our terms alone? ‘Pre-histories’ and ‘afterlives’, methods that have emerged in recent work by Terence Cave, offer new ways of shaping the stories we tell of the past and the analyses we offer. In this volume, distinguished contributors engage in a dialogue with these two new critical methods, exploring their uses in a range of contexts, disciplines, languages and periods.