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French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Walter Redfern

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The culmination of a lifetime's fascination with humour in all its forms, this book embraces an impressive span of authors and a broad range of topics in French literary humour. It considers diverse ... More


Introduction

Nicholas Harrison

in Circles of Censorship: Censorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159094
eISBN:
9780191673481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Jean-Jacques Pauvert started publishing Sade's complete works in 1947. For a decade, however, these works were confiscated by the police until legal proceedings in 1956 were initiated against ... More


Pornography and Violence

Adam G. Cooper

in Life in the Flesh: An Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546626
eISBN:
9780191720208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Pornography cultivates a cult of the flesh in which sex and the flesh are abstracted, etherealized, and finally destroyed. De Sade's vision of unlimited lust gives way to a pornocracy in which ... More


Conclusion

Simon Gaunt

in Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199272075
eISBN:
9780191709869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This concluding chapter returns to the question of ethics, using a lyric by Gulhem IX, the first troubadour, to illustrate how courtly texts instantiate an ethics grounded in renunciation. It then ... More


Counter-Censorship

Nicholas Harrison

in Circles of Censorship: Censorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159094
eISBN:
9780191673481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In his book on Sade, Roland Barthes expresses that the greatest type of subversion or counter-censorship does not necessarily bring shocks to the law, the police, or to public opinion. Instead, it ... More


Conclusion: Tout dire

Nicholas Harrison

in Circles of Censorship: Censorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159094
eISBN:
9780191673481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

By asserting how the right to communicate opinions and thoughts was ‘one of man's most precious rights’, the 1789 Déclaration des droits de l'home et du citoyen aided in making man into a citizen ... More


The Question of Humourlessness (Rousseau, Sade, God, and Brisset)

WALTER REDFERN

in French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Fully prepared to accept the idea of unconscious humour, though reluctant to believe in unmeant humour, the author of this chapter discusses humourlessness. Humourlessness seems to be the lack of an ... More


Unavowable Community

Leslie Hill

in Bataille, Klossowski, Blanchot: Writing at the Limit

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198159711
eISBN:
9780191716065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159711.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers in turn the bonds of friendship linking Bataille, Klossowski, and Blanchot, the essays that each devoted to the others' work, and the shared, if paradoxical, intellectual ... More


The Inconsistency of Thought

Leslie Hill

in Bataille, Klossowski, Blanchot: Writing at the Limit

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198159711
eISBN:
9780191716065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159711.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter investigates Pierre Klossowski's challenging and idiosyncratic reworking of Nietzsche's doctrine of eternal return. It explores the writer's long-lasting but shifting engagement with the ... More


An Aesthetics of Transgressive Pornography

Michael Newall

in Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199609581
eISBN:
9780191746260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

This chapter targets works of literary pornography that achieve their primary effect, sexual arousal, in part by representing a particular kind of norm-breaking, namely the violation of social or ... More


Language, Madness, and Desire: On Literature

Jean-François Bert and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816693238
eISBN:
9781452950815
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

As a transformative thinker of the twentieth century, whose work spanned all branches of the humanities, Michel Foucault had a complex and profound relationship with literature. And yet this critical ... More


Eroticism Should Occur in the Audience

Kaira M. Cabañas

in Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226174457
eISBN:
9780226174624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226174624.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter considers Guy Debord's Hurlements en faveur de Sade (Howls for Sade, 1952). Hurlements is a sound film without images: when someone speaks, the screen is white and filled with light; ... More


Must We Burn Lars von Trier?: Antichrist

Lori J. Marso

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter explores the feminist elements in von Trier’s Antichrist (2009). The film itself is rife with images of sexual violence and bodies in pain—to say nothing of its suffering heroine—making ... More


Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Moira Fradinger

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book exposes the relation between literary imagination, autonomous politics, and violence through the close analysis of literary texts—in particular Sophocles' Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade's 120 ... More


Asylum or Political Prison?

Laure Murat

in The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Toward a Political History of Madness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226025735
eISBN:
9780226025872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025872.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter sheds light on the ambiguity between prison and hospital. After the French Revolution, many clinics were transformed into prisons, while continuing to practice medicine, and it is ... More


“A Fallacious and Always Perilous Metaphysic”: The Sadean Critique of Sentiment and the Neo-lucretian Novel

Natania Meeker

in Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823226962
eISBN:
9780823240944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The basic aim of Sade's materialist arguments—“to ring-fence language to such an extent that it carries its own guards”—and his systematic deployment of literary language to achieve this aim seem ... More


Literature, Violence, and Politics

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to review literary works that represent violence as binding a political community together when its borders are in crisis; ... More


Modern Tempo—Democratic Overture, State Finale

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter draws conclusions about Antigone's political lessons for modernity. It briefly traces modern solutions for membership in the form of consensual contracts that dislodge violence, ... More


Sade's Text and Sade's Times

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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 ... More


The Libertine Alliance: No Ordinary Pact in Times of War

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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 ... More


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