Excess and the Revolution
For the Marquis de Sade, the French Revolution was an occasion for excessive release of violence. As a class, discuss other revolutions - Russia, Chile, Cambodian, Czechoslovakia, etc - and determine what excessive release followed. How did citizens and the opposition release their aggression?
Visions of Sade
The Marquis de Sade is one of the most mystifying figures in history. He has been portrayed many times. Spend a class watching clips of different actors interpreting the enigmatic, extreme figure. Good options would be Patrick Magee in the Marat/Sade, Geoffrey Rush in Quills, and Daniel Autueil in Sade. How does each interpret him differently?
A Libertine's Diary
The libertines of The Bedroom Philosophers are strange, extravagant creatures, difficult to relate to. Have each student choose a figure form the text and write five diary entries from the point of view of the character. What...
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