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Be Mine: Eliza Haywood & French Erotic Philosophy
Event Type:Lecture
Location:113 Wimberly Hall
Friday, February 14, 2014
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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"Be Mine: Eliza Haywood's Reappropriation of French Erotic Philosophy"

Dr. Kate Parker, English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Be Mine: Eliza Haywood's Reappropriation of French Erotic Philosophy." Her paper examines Haywood's eighteenth-century English translation of Le Sopha (1742), an erotic conte morale (moral "fairy-tale") by Crébillon fils. Parker details some suggestive inconsistencies in Haywood's translation, particularly in its reinterpretation of the original Sopha's depiction of aroused female bodies. As her translation becomes suffused with a philosophical critique of the Sopha's dominant sexual paradigm, these descriptions increasingly challenge the pervasive notion of female desire as consistently and (un)naturally responsive in eighteenth-century masculinist philosophy and pornography. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact english@uwlax.edu or call 785-8295. For more information, visit http://rhetor.blogs.com/english.

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