How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems
Preface ix Abbreviations xiii I——INTRODUCTION 1 Preliminary 1 Sade: The Person, the Writer, the Scholar, the Character, the Philosopher, His Mission, His Fate, His Influence... 3 II——CASE STUDY—A: Cahiers Personnels and Etre Suprême: Sade‟s Sense of the Writer and His Duty beyond Art and Easy Readers 45 III——THEMATIC CONSIDERATION—A: Sade and Genuine, Scholarly Readership 51 Sade and Reality: Of an Actually Dark, Confused Society in an Age of “Enlightenment” 53 Sade‟s Eye on Religion: Reality, Idea, Myth and Worth 61 Sade and Sense: Of Wisdom and Philosophy beyond the Stories 72 IV——CASE STUDY—B: Les infortunes de la vertu: Sade‟s Romance of His 18th Century Society, and the Making of Modernity 83 V——THEMATIC CONSIDERATION—B: Sade and His Historical Environment: Provence between Reality and Fiction in La Marquise de Gange 131 VI——CASE STUDY—C: Idée sur les Romans; Eugénie de Franval; Dorgeville 139 Idée sur les Romans: A Scholarship on Human Culture, History, Letters and Meaning 139 Eugénie de Franval: One Side of a Moral and Religious Sade 144 Dorgeville: Another Moral Sade Reading Excess Virtue as a Path to Criminal Consequences 163 viii The Marquis de Sade as a Key Figure of Enlightenment VII——THEMATIC CONSIDERATION—C & CASE STUDY—D: Sade and Psychoanalysis: Faxelange and La Marquise de Gange 171 Of Psychoanalysis: Sade and the Pioneering of Modernity through Individual Psychology and Social Relations 171 Faxelange and the Advising Power of a Dream...
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