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The Marquis de Sade : A Very Short Introduction - John Phillips

The Marquis de Sade

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 28th July 2005
ISBN: 9780192804693
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book introduces the Marquis de Sade as writer and philosopher to new readers, offering concise but comprehensive surveys of his most controversial works, based on contemporary theoretical approaches. The style is lively and accessible without sacrificing detail or depth.
An introductory chapter discusses Sade's life and the links between that and his work. Relying on the many letters he wrote to his wife and lawyer from prison and on other authentic, contemporary evidence, it attempts to disentangle this life from the various myths that Sade's demonic reputation has engendered throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This initial chapter also reviews the critical corpus or reception of the work since Sade's times up to the present, and reassesses his status as an extra-canonical writer. The following six chapters provide broad coverage of Sade's main intellectual and creative activities, showing how all can be seen as the expression of a veritable cult of the body, a veneration of the physical, and the sexual as channels of transcendence.

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A brisk and lively introductory book. * John Phillips, Times Literary Supplement *

1: Beyond the Myth: The real Marquis de Sade 2: Man of Letters 3: Martyr of Atheism 4: Sade and the French Revolution 5: Theatres of the Body 6: Apostle of Freedom References Further Reading

ISBN: 9780192804693
ISBN-10: 0192804693
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 28th July 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 11.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14

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