Chapter 2 - Two Versions of Sade -89
Chapter 2 Two Versions of Sade Interpretations of Sade: On the (Im)materiality of Fantasies of Violence It seems that Sade has a privileged, continuous relationship with our trou- bled modernity. The beginning of Sade’s rehabilitation, after a long period of ostracism, can be traced to the beginning of the twentieth century, when Apollinaire saluted the marquis as ‘un des hommes les plus étonnants qui aient jamais parus’.1 From the surrealists to the subsequent explosion of Sadean criticism, the interest in Sade’s work continues to the present day. Sade’s changing fortunes, as well as his admission to the pantheon of respect- able writers, crowned in the 1990s with the publication of his complete opus in the prestigious Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, have been inextricably linked to a number of interpretations that have made him our contemporary, our neighbour even. So much so, that it seems particularly dif ficult to disentangle Sade from some of his inf luential interpreters. Critics such as Jane Gallop and Annie Le Brun have polemically pointed out that Sade’s entrance into the circuits of the cultural industry, his admit- tance to the field of proper ‘literature’, was facilitated by the prestigious mis- interpretations of writers of the calibre of Bataille, Blanchot, and Klossowski, who were more concerned with corroborating their own worldviews than uncovering the real Sade. They glossed over the unpalatable aspects of Sade’s writing and sanitised horrors and brutalities by transforming them into ‘dis- course’, ‘rhetoric’ and exempla of Hegelian dialectics. As...
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