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Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
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Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

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Sade's Text and Sade's Times

Sade's Text and Sade's Times

(p.105) Sade's Text and Sade's Times
Binding Violence
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This chapter examines D. A. F. de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom, which is described as the story of a secret political bonding framed by war. It considers its history as well as various interpretations of the text. It suggests that the text resists the very idea of transgression—it “thinks through” the exception by which power transforms transgression into norm, and it links this transformation to the sealing of a social pact. Violence, in this transformation, becomes political: just as in Antigone, this violence does not dominate, it rather annihilates.

Keywords:   D. A. F. Sade, 120 Days of Sodom, political bonding, war, violence, transgression

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