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Published: 28 July 2005

160 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780192804693

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The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction

John Phillips

Very Short Introductions

  • Highlights the fact that Sade is studied not just as a pornographer but for his important contributions to literature, philosophy and the arts
  • Reviews his novels and lesser-known works, and their reception throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, taking account of current theoretical debates
  • Explains his profound challenge to the taboos of religious morality, and shows how his work can be seen as an expression of the cult of the body
  • This will be the most reliable and best informed introduction to his work