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Jean-François Bert and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693238

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.001.0001

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Theoretical Discourses and Erotic Scenes

Theoretical Discourses and Erotic Scenes

(p.115) Session 2 Theoretical Discourses and Erotic Scenes
Language, Madness, and Desire

Michel Foucault

, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, Robert Bononno
University of Minnesota Press

Through a discussion of Sade’s work La Nouvelle Justine and Juliette Foucault analyzes the relationship between truth and desire in the work of Sade. He does so in two ways: first, by addressing the very existence of the book; second, through the content of the arguments put forth by the characters in Sade’s novels. Foucault’s analysis then turns to a discussion of the meaning Sade gives not so much to his theoretical discourses but to the alternation we find throughout Sade’s writing between theoretical discourses and erotic scenes. A description and analysis of the logic of libertinism as found in Sade.

Keywords:   literature, French literature, madness, criticism, Raymond Roussel, Michel Leiris, Marquis de Sade, La Nouvelle Justine, truth and desire, philosophy

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