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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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The Libertine Alliance: No Ordinary Pact in Times of War

The Libertine Alliance: No Ordinary Pact in Times of War

(p.118) The Libertine Alliance: No Ordinary Pact in Times of War
Binding Violence
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the initial contract that frames D. A. F. de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom. It argues that its rite of membership (a marriage pact) operates against exchange, which is why it survives in the midst of the destruction of all bonds in the Castle of Silling, where the orgy takes place. It then explores how the alliance secures its bonding.

Keywords:   D. A. F. Sade, 120 Days of Sodom, membership, marriage pact

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