Megan Gallagher Lecture


Wednesday, March 29, 2017


5:30 pm


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, Usbekā€™s rebellious wife, whose resistance inaugurates a new political era.

Beth Mccormick

Political Science Department