Megan Gallagher Lecture
Wednesday, March 29, 2017Time
Rockefeller Hall 310-Lecture Room
Title: The Despot's Passions
How can we pursue liberation under the rule of a despot? Montesquieu offers an answer to this recurring question in his 1721 novel, The Persian Letters, in which he offers an allegory of the absolutist French state set in a Persian seraglio. Governed according to the whims of Usbek, the seraglio is the site of overflowing and barely governed passions. Yet the possibility of refusal lives in the character of Roxane, Usbek’s rebellious wife, whose resistance inaugurates a new political era.
Political Science Department