Sade and the Narrative of Transgression
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This major collection of essays on the Marquis de Sade, first published in 1995, encompasses a wide range of critical approaches to his 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.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 16mm | 375g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521032318
  • 9780521032315
  • 1,529,514

Table of contents

List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The use value of D. A. F. Sade (An open letter to my current comrades) Georges Bataille; 2. Sade, or the philosopher-villain Pierre Klossowski; 3. Libidinal economy in Sade and Klossowski Jean-Francois Lyotard; 4. A political minimalist Philippe Roger; 5. The Society of the Friends of Crime Alphonso Lingis; 6. Sade, mothers and other women Jane Gallop; 7. The encyclopedia of excess Marcel Henaff; 8. 'Sex', or, the misfortunes of literature Dalia Judovitz; 9. Structures of exchange, acts of transgression Allen S. Weiss; 10. Gender and narrative possibilities Nancy K. Miller; 11. Sade's literary space Lawrence Schehr; 12. Fantasizing Juliette Chantal Thomas; Select bibliography; Index.
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'This excellent collection of essays merits closer consideration by advanced specialists. In addition to making classical texts on Sade published in French available to the English reader, the text offers an updated perspective on more recent scholarship.' French Review
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