Added: May 6, 2017 – Last updated: May 6, 2017


Author: Mary McAlpin

Title: Rape in Paradise

Subtitle: Naturalizing Sexual Violence in Diderot's Tahitian Reverie

Journal: Eighteenth-Century Studies

Volume: 50

Issue: 3

Year: Spring 2017

Pages: 289-302

ISSN: 0013-2586 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1086-315X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | European History: French History


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Mary McAlpin, Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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.« (Source: Eighteenth-Century Studies)


  Diderot's Immodest Tahitiennes (p. 291)
  Diderot's Fearful French Women (p. 295)
  Notes (p. 301)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of France / Early modern France | 18th-century French writers: Denis Diderot / Supplément au voyage de Bougainville