Author: Marquis de Sade
Publisher: SCB Distributors
In the boudoir of a sequestered country house, a young virgin is ruthlessly schooled in evil. Indoctrinated by her amoral tutors in the ways of sexual perversion, fornication, murder, incest, atheism and complete self-gratification, she takes part with growing abandon in a series of violent erotic orgies which culminates with the flagellation and torture of her own mother - her final act of liberation. "Philosophy In The Boudoir" is perhaps the most concise and representative text out of all the Marquis de Sade's works, containing his notorious doctrine of libertinage expounded in full, coupled with relentless bursts of savage, orgiastic eroticism, cruelty, and violent sexuality. The renegade philosophies put forward here would later rank amongst the main cornerstones of Andre Breton's Surrealist manifesto.
Author: Marquis de Sade
Publisher: Disruptive Publishing
Fascinating work by the Marquis, who wrote the first draft while whiling away his days in the Bastille. Abandoned to fate with her sister Juliette, Justine attempts to do all the right things in life. She takes up with a stranger who offers to help out. But then the doors close, Justine's trapped, and life gets very interesting. First published in 1953 by the Olympia Press.
Author: Bradford K. Mudge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This Companion offers an introduction to key topics in the study of erotic literature from antiquity to the present.
Author: Natania Meeker
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
Eighteenth-century France witnessed the rise of matter itself-in forms ranging from atoms to anatomies-as a privileged object of study. Voluptuous Philosophy redefines what is at stake in the emergence of an enlightened secular materialism by showing how questions of figure-how should a body be represented? What should the effects of this representation be on readers?-are tellingly and consistently located at the very heart of 18th-century debates about the nature of material substance. French materialisms of the Enlightenment are crucially invested not only in the development of a sophisticated theoretical apparatus around the notion of matter but in the production of specific relationships between readers and the matterof the texts that they consume. How, the book asks, did the period's fascination with a markedly immaterial and ephemeral event-the reading of works of fiction-come to coincide with what appears to be a gradual materialization of human subjects: men and women who increasingly manage to envision themselves transfigured, as the century wears on, into machines, animals, and even, in the work of the Marquis de Sade, tables and chairs? In what way did the spread of new philosophies of matter depend upon the ability of readers to perceive certain figures of speech as literally and immediately true-to imagine themselves as fully material bodies even as they found themselves most deeply compelled by disembodied literary forms? More broadly, in what sense does the act of reading literature alter and transfigure our perceptions of what is, and can be, real? Voluptuous Philosophy articulates the gradual coming into being of literature as a distinct arena of textual production with the rise of an enlightened reader who remains abstracted from the bodily symptoms that any given piece of writing may induce in him. The very definition of the literaryas an autonomous field, this book suggests, may, ironically, be dependent upon the simultaneous construction of a material world that remains fully immune to its effects.
Author: Marquis de Sade
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man (original French: Dialogue entre un prêtre et un moribond) is a dialogue written by the Marquis de Sade while incarcerated at the Château de Vincennes in 1782. The work expresses the author's atheism by having a dying man (a libertine) tell a priest about what he views as the mistakes of a pious life.
Author: Paul J. Young
As he demonstrates that narratives of seduction function as a master plot for French literature in the eighteenth century, Paul Young argues that the prevalence of this trope was a reaction to a dominant cultural discourse that coded the novel and the new practice of solitary reading as dangerous, seductive practices. Situating his study in the context of paintings, educational manuals, and criticism that caution against the act of reading, Young considers both canonical and lesser-known works by authors that include Rousseau, Sade, Bastide, Laclos, Crébillon fils, and the writers of two widely read libertine novels. How these authors responded to a cultural climate that viewed literature, and especially the novel, as seductive, sheds light on the perils and pleasures of authorship, the ways in which texts interact with the larger cultural discourse, and what eighteenth-century texts tell us about the dangers of reading or writing. Ultimately, Young argues, the seduction not in the text, but by the text raises questions about the nature of pleasure in eighteenth-century French literature and culture.
Author: Nancy K. Miller
French Dressing looks at the ancien régime's scenarios of libertine seduction--unsafe sex and its consequences for women's lives. It places the gender performances of male and female-authored novels in dialogue in order to recover the complexity of a century obsessed, as we are today, with writing and living plots of desire. French Dressing exposes the erotic anxieties behind a national culture of sexual self-display--French undressing.
Author: R. Sturges
This book traces the historical relationship between male-male erotic desire and the genre of literary or philosophical dialogue. It describes three literary-philosophical traditions, each of which originates in a different Platonic dialogue whose subsequent influence can be traced, first, through the Roman and medieval periods; second, through the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods; and, finally, through the modern and postmodern periods. Sturges demonstrates that various forms of erotic deviance have been differently valued in these different periods and cultures, and that dialogue has consistently proven to be the genre of choice for expressing these changing values. This study provides a valuable historical perspective on current debates over the place of homosexuality in modern Western culture.
Author: Marquis de Sade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
No other writer has so scandalized proper society as the Marquis de Sade, but despite the deliberate destruction of over three-quarters of his work, Sade remains a major figure in the history of ideas. His influence on some of the greatest minds of the last century—from Baudelaire and Swinburne to Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and Kafka—is indisputable. This volume contains Philosophy in the Bedroom, a major novel that presents the clearest summation of his political philosophy; Eugénie de Franval, a novella widely considered to be a masterpiece of eighteenth-century French literature; and the only authentic and complete American edition of his most famous work, Justine. This literary portrait of Sade is completed by one of his earliest philosophical efforts, Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man, a selection of his letters, a fifty-page chronology of his life, two important essays on Sade, and a bibliography of his work.
Author: marquis de Sade
Sade a fait de sa sexualité une éthique, qu'il a manifestée dans une oeuvre littéraire. C'est par ce mouvement réfléchi de sa vie d'adulte qu'il a conquis sa véritable originalité. L'ouvrage se présente comme une série de dialogues retraçant l'éducation érotique et sexuelle d'une jeune fille de 15 ans. Une libertine, Mme de Saint-Ange, veut initier Eugénie «dans les plus secrets mystères de Vénus». Elle est aidée en cela par son frère (le chevalier de Mirvel), un ami de son frère (Dolmancé) et par son jardinier (Augustin). Avis donné sur ce texte par la correctrice qui l'a préparé: Il est intéressant de voir comment, en partant de postulats semblables (un matérialisme athée, pour simplifier), on arrive à des thèses complètement divergentes. Car mon éthique personnelle, comme celle de beaucoup de gens fort heureusement, m'interdit le viol, le meurtre, la torture, toutes choses que Sade justifie allègrement à longueur de pages. Il est amusant aussi de voir les méthodes qu'il utilise pour défendre ses propres goûts (je n'ai jamais lu un tel éloge de la sodomie), l'hypocrisie derrière laquelle il masque sa misogynie, son besoin pathologique de transgresser pour jouir. C'est d'ailleurs une contradiction essentielle chez lui, puisque la morale qu'il défend tuerait la source de son plaisir si elle venait à s'imposer. Reste que son propos est souvent redondant - ce défaut est cependant propre à nombre de livres à thèse -, que certains échanges frisent le ridicule et qu'on finit par s'ennuyer ferme. Mais ce n'en est pas moins une lecture dérangeante, il est stimulant de penser contre Sade, ce qui est une raison suffisante pour ne pas le brûler...
Author: marquis de Sade, Paul J. Gillette
Publisher: Holloway House Publishing
Rare two-volume translation of Marquis de Sade's titillating and shocking writing. Adorned with gripping cover art and translated by renowned scholar Paul J. Gillette, this dramatic collection includes Justine, Juliette, 120 Days of Sodom and Philosophy in the Bedroom. No other edition captures so purely the drama of de Sade's forays into human sexuality. This author, who has now become as famous as his writing was considered shocking was a forbear of many theories and philosophies, all of which can be found within the pages of The Complete Marquis de Sade.
Author: Lynn Avery Hunt
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
"An excellent, informative, intriguing collection of essays."--Nineteenth-Century French Studies."Its real accomplishment--and it is a significant one--is in mapping out an essentially new field of inquiry and inspiring other scholars to investigate that territory."--Women's Review of Books.
Author: Peter Maxwell Cryle
In this lively and insightful book, Peter Cryle reconsiders canonical French erotic literature of the last three hundred years, particularly that of the eighteenth century. Through close readings of works by Sade, Crbillon, Nerciat, and Restif, among others, he explores the dynamics of canon formation as he shows that classical erotic narratives--while they are certainly all about sex--are more about its form than its experience.