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13 - Sade and the Novel

from Part II - The Eighteenth Century: Learning, Letters, Libertinage

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2021

Adam Watt
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University of Exeter
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Sade was a reader, writer and critic deeply immersed in the prose fiction of his time. His own oeuvre brings together diverse traditions of storytelling ranging from anecdotes, whore dialogues and libertine novels to philosophical contes, sentimental fiction and the Gothic novel. While works such as Thérèse philosophe offered him a model for the 120 Days of Sodom and the Histoire de Juliette, Richardson’s Clarissa provided him with a template of virtue in distress which he would repeatedly exploit in novels ranging from Justine to his later historical fiction such as La Marquise de Gange. This chapter explores some of the key tropes Sade borrows from these antecedents, and the ways in which he recycles these tropes – often to very different ends – within a diverse novelistic corpus still viewed too narrowly by critics and publishers alike.

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Allison, David B., Roberts, Mark S. and Weiss, Allen S. (eds.), Sade and the Narrative of Transgression (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)Google Scholar
Barthes, Roland, Sade, Fourier, Loyola, trans. by Miller, Richard (New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1976)Google Scholar
Carter, Angela, The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History (London: Virago Press, 1979)Google Scholar
Edmiston, William F., Sade: Queer Theorist, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2013)Google Scholar
Frappier-Mazur, Lucienne, Writing the Orgy: Power and Parody in Sade, trans. by Gill, Gillian C. (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996); first published as Sade et l’écriture de l’orgie (Paris: Nathan, 1991)Google Scholar
Gambacorti, Chiara, Sade: une esthétique de la duplicité (Paris: Garnier, 2014).Google Scholar
Le Brun, Annie, Sade: A Sudden Abyss, trans. by Naish, Camille (San Francisco: City Lights, 1990)Google Scholar
McMorran, Will, ‘The Sound of Violence: Listening to Rape in Sade’, in Representing Violence in France, 1760–1820, ed. by Wynn, Thomas (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2013), pp. 229–49.Google Scholar
Parker, Kate and Sclippa, Norbert (eds.), Sade’s Sensibilities (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2015)Google Scholar
Phillips, John, Sade: The Libertine Novels (London and Stirling, VA: Pluto Press, 2001)Google Scholar
Roger, Philippe, Sade: la philosophie dans le pressoir (Paris: Grasset, 1976)Google Scholar
Thomas, Chantal, Sade, la dissertation et l’orgie, 2nd edn (Paris: Payot & Rivages, 2002)Google Scholar
Warman, Caroline, Sade: From Materialism to Pornography (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2002).Google Scholar

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  • Sade and the Novel
  • Edited by Adam Watt, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Cambridge History of the Novel in French
  • Online publication: 04 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108683920.017
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  • Sade and the Novel
  • Edited by Adam Watt, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Cambridge History of the Novel in French
  • Online publication: 04 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108683920.017
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