Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu's Persian Letters

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 199 pages
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A treatment of Montesquieu's Persian Letters, which argues that the novel is a philosophic critique of despotism in all its forms: domestic, political and religious. It shows that Montesquieu believed that the Enlightenment failed as a philosophy by not recognising man as an erotic being.
  

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Contents

DisOrientation
1
Montesquieus Untraditional Despotism
19
Venus in the Cloister
41
The Politics of Fecundity
55
Impotence Tyrannus
71
Paradise Regained
91
The Parliament of Women
109
Continuation of the Same Subject
133
Appendix
153
Notes
157
Works Cited
181
Index
191
About the Author
201
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Diana J. Schaub is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola College in Maryland.

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