Marquis de Sade | Critical Essay by Julie Candler Hayes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of Marquis de Sade.
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Critical Essay by Julie Candler Hayes

SOURCE:"Sade," in Identity and Ideology: Diderot, Sade, and the Serious Genre, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1991, pp. 105-30.

In the following excerpt, Hayes examines the role of conflicting ideologies in Sade's plays and novels, concentrating in particular on his disruption of structure and meaning.

The plays have known a strange history, even among the many odd histories of Sade's texts. Refused by theater directors, hidden in libraries, walled up in a room of the Sade family chateau, censored even by the editor of Sade's complete works, the plays might be thought to contain a message as bitterly powerful as anything in the novels or in the drama they indirectly inspired, Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade. Great was the general disappointment when the eighteen sentimental pieces were published in 1970, and even the most positive accounts of them tended to skim...

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