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The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"$
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James A. Steintrager

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001

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Canonizing Sade

Canonizing Sade

Eros, Democracy, and Differentiation

(p.263) Chapter Seven Canonizing Sade
The Autonomy of Pleasure

James A. Steintrager

Columbia University Press

Considers the reception of eighteenth-century radical libertinism, especially of the Marquis de Sade, during the twentieth century in sexual liberation thought, critical theory, and popular culture; shows how and why radical libertinism must be distinguished from the later "democratization" of sexual pleasure and where they are congruent.

Keywords:   Marquis de Sade, sexual liberation, critical theory, popular culture, Michel Foucault, sado-masochism

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