Sade and the Narrative of Transgression

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This major collection of essays on the Marquis de Sade encompasses a wide range of critical approaches to his Ã…uvre, including some of the most celebrated texts in Sade scholarship. It focuses on several distinctly contemporary areas of interest: the explicitly libidinal components of Sade's work and the effects they engender, the textual and narrative apparatus which supports these operations, the ethical and political concerns which arise from them, and the problematic issues surrounding the conceptual closure of representation. Sade is placed at the centre of current debates in literary and philosophical criticism, feminist and gender theory, aesthetics, rhetoric and eighteenth-century French cultural history, and this volume will be of interest to a wide range of readers across these disciplines.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
The use value of D. A. F. Sade (An open letter to my current comrades)
Sade, or the philosopher-villain
Libidinal economy in Sade and Klossowski
A political minimalist
The Society of the Friends of Crime
Sade, mothers and other women
The encyclopedia of excess
'Sex', or, the misfortunes of literature
Structures of exchange, acts of transgression
Gender and narrative possibilities
Sade's literary space
Fantasizing Juliette
Select bibliography
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