The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 4, 2005

byJohn Phillips

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Were it not for the Marquis de Sade's explicit use of language and complete disregard for the artificially constructed taboos of a religious morality he despised, the novelty and profundity of his thought, and above all, its fundamental modernity, would have long since secured him a placealongside the greatest authors and thinkers of the European Enlightenment. This Very Short Introduction aims to disentangle the 'real' Marquis de Sade from his mythical and demonic reputation of the past two hundred years. Phillips examines Sade's life and work: his libertine novels, his championing of atheism, and his uniqueness in bringing the body and sex back intophilosophy.

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Were it not for the Marquis de Sade's explicit use of language and complete disregard for the artificially constructed taboos of a religious morality he despised, the novelty and profundity of his thought, and above all, its fundamental modernity, would have long since secured him a placealongside the greatest authors and thinkers of t...

John Phillips is Professor of French Literature and Culture at London Metropolitan University. He is the author of a number of books on French literature, including Forbidden Fictions: Pornography and Censorship in Twentieth-Century French Literature and Sade: The Libertine Novels. He is currently co-editing The Encyclopedia of Erotic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:August 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Beyond the Myth: The real Marquis de Sade2. Man of Letters3. Martyr of Atheism4. Sade and the French Revolution5. Theatres of the Body6. Apostle of FreedomReferencesFurther Reading