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“The Morality of Plagiarism: Voltaire, Diderot and the Legacy of Graffigny’s Cénie.”

Explains how Graffigny’s play, which was a great success from its first performance until the end of the author’s life, later falls into oblivion due to evolving attitudes toward plagiarism. Kelley argues that accusations of plagiarism in reviews…

On the Shores of Politics [Au bords du politique]

Argues that political realism is a utopian belief and proposes that the true meaning of politics is based on the organization of dissent, or the righting of wrongs. Rancière offers "le politique" (the masculine form of a feminine noun - la…

Sade: From Materialism to Pornography

Examines influences of materialist philosophers of the Enlightenment on Sade's thinking and writing and how Sade adapts these various philosophies to create his own transgressive approach to materialism. In so doing, Warman shows how violence,…

Sade/Surreal. Der Marquis de Sade und die erotische Fantasie des Surrealismus in Text und Bild

Explores Sade's impact on the political surrealist art movement in Europe, especially before the 1930s. Sade was hailed for what the surrealists perceived to be his atheistic, materialist, nihilistic and individualistic anarchism that appealed to…

L’indisable et l’obscène : Flaubert, Sade et la loi. A propos de Bouvard et Pécuchet

Argues that Gustave Flaubert's unfinished satirical novel Bouvard et Pécuchet (1881) is more transgressive in its un-making of the concept of law and order than in the works of his literary model Sade. According to Pellegrini, both authors attack…

Sade: Queer Theorist

Examines Sade's multifaceted depiction of sexual desire, gender and biological sex and links this representation to queer theories which help better understand Sade's denial of binary representations of sexuality. The polyphonic definitions of…

Intersections. A Reading of Sade with Bataille, Blanchot, and Klossowksi

Argues that Sade undermines hierarchical distinctions which, according to Gallop, are the foundations of Western philosophy. In his works, Sade deconstructs sexual hierarchies and conventions, gender binarism, as well as the distinction between…

The Great Warming: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Demonstrates the effects of climate change from Central America to Europe during the 10th-15th centuries, as well as the later effects which this climate change had on multiple civilizations when these same places were colonized in the later 17th and…

The Age of Global Warming

Overall survey, focuses more on the West (including Latin America, which not all "Western surveys" do) and the theorteical reasons underlying contemporary attitudes toward climate change; but takes into account, throughout the book, earlier attitudes…

The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives

Excellent survey of late-Maya civilization, focusing on the Post-Classic period from the 10th-16th centuries and into Spanish contact, running through the "long colonial period" up to the end of the 18th century. Relevant for the newer emphasis that…

Historia de los cambios climaticos

Excellent overall view, rooted in anthropology and ethnology, regarding how climate change affects cultures and social morals throughout the world. While an wide chronological perspective is the norm, there are excellent individual pieces dealing…

Medicine in the Boudoir: Sade and Moral Hygiene in Post-Thermidorean France

Situates Sade's work into the cultural and intellectual context during the Age of Enlightenment by focusing on Sade's engaged approach to scientific culture, epistemology and social reforms and analyzes his medical appropriation of these…

"The Evolution of Climate Ideas and Knowledge"

Begins by examining the "new science of the seveneteenth century" in enlightenment Europe. Heymann shows that the new science of observation, especially scientific weather observation, led to the evolution of climate ideas and knowledge in nineteenth…

Dreadful Visitations: Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment

Edited collection of six articles that explore eighteenth-century catastrophes around the globe. Studies consider questions of risk, vulnerability, resilience, colonialism, and the human role in creating "disasters."

L’invention de la catastrophe au xviiie siècle: du châtiment au désastre naturel

In the spirit of Starobinski's L'invention de la liberté, 1700-1789, essays in this edited volume consider the invention of "catastrophe" in the eighteenth century, i.e. the idea of catastrophe as a natural event and an aesthetic object was born in…

A Natural History of Revolution: Violence and Nature in the French Revolutionary Imagination

Miller links the French Revolution and the violence of the Terror to eighteenth-century understandings of the natural world (for example, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains) by examining the rhetoric and writings of the revolutionaries themselves.…

This Gulf of Fire: The Great Lisbon Earthquake, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason

To date, the most complete, well-researched, and historically sound study on the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake – considered one of the most transformative "natural" disasters in history. Explores the urban, social, and political landscape of Lisbon (and…

Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783

This text surveys the British Caribbean from 1624 through the calamitous hurricane season of 1780. Mulcahy examines the various natural hazards that the region was prone to, including food shortages and disease, but focuses his attention on…

“De la percepción popular a la reflexión erudite: La transmisión de la ‘cultura de la catástrofe’ en la España del siglo XVIII”

In this article, Alberola argues that while the first formal reflections on the physical nature of disasters appeared in the philosophical and scientific works of the Classical era, it was in the eighteenth century that these environmental ideas took…