Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Christopher Braider

Second Advisor

David Glimp

Third Advisor

Eric White


Using Michel de Montaigne's paraphrasing and quotation of the Epicurean philosopher and poet Titus Lucretius, this essay explores the way that self-materialization, through the writing of text, provides its writer with a consolation for the inevitability of death and the end of material experience. This essay analyzes Montaigne's writing about death, the body, philosophy, and history in order to theorize Montaigne's conception of personhood as dynamic and changeable according to the eventfulness of experience.