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“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


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