Abstract

Abstract:

This study explores the toleration of heterosexual rape in the Tahitian culture imagined by Denis Diderot in his Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville (1772) to argue that Diderotian gender relations are best understood in the context of a scientific discourse concerning how the human species came to exist in such cultural variety across the globe. This complex set of embedded dialogues contains the most telling theoretical development of Diderotian sexual politics, a stance that combines solidarity with and deep frustration toward an oppressed Other.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 289-302
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-04
Open Access
No
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