Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 18 October 2019

Sade's Text and Sade's Times

Sade's Text and Sade's Times

Chapter:
(p.105) Sade's Text and Sade's Times
Source:
Binding Violence
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0007

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

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.