Marquis de Sade Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Michael, Colette Verger. The Marquis de Sade: The Man, His Works, and His Critics. New York: Garland, 1986, 428 p.

Annotated bibliography of books by and about Sade, covering works published through 1983.


Airaksinen, Timo. Of Glamor, Sex and De Sade. Wakefield, N.H.: Longwood Academic, 1991, 220 p.

A philosophical examination of issues involved in reading the works of Sade.

Fink, Beatrice C. "Ambivalence in the Gynogram: Sade's Utopian Woman." Woman and Literature 7, No. 1 (Winter 1979): 24-37.

Examines contradictions in Sade's treatment of female characters, particularly in Aline et Valcour.

Gallop, Jane. Intersections: A Reading of Sade with Bataille, Blanchot, and Klossowski Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981, 135 p.

Intertextual reading of Sade and three of his most influential critics that identifies common philosophical and strategic ground between Sade and "antihumanist" (structuralist and poststructuralist) criticism.

Hackel, Roberta J. De Sade's Quantitative Moral Universe: Of Irony, Rhetoric, and Boredom. The Hague: Mouton, 1976, 101 p.

Analyzes ways in which Sade manipulates vocabulary and style in order to invert conventional moral values.

Harari, Josue V. Scenarios of the Imaginary: Theorizing the French Enlightenment. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987, 240 p.

An investigation of the relationship between literary theory and the imaginary, in which two chapters examine Sade's theory of writing.

Laborde, Alice M. "The Problem of Sexual Equality in Sadean Prose." In French Women and the Age of Enlightenment. Edited by Samia I. Spencer. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984, pp. 332-44.

A reading of Philosophy in the Bedroom as a plea for sexual equality between men and women.

Le Brun, Annie. SadeA Sudden Abyss. Translated by Camille Naish. San Francisco: City Light Books, 1990, 220 p.

An extended meditation on Sade's life and works, originally published as the introduction to the 1985 French edition of Sade's complete works co-edited by Le Brun and Jean-Jacques Pauvert.

Stockinger, Jacob. "Homosexuality and the French Enlightenment." In Homosexualities and French Literature: Cultural Contexts/Critical Texts. Edited by George Stambolian and Elaine Marks. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1979, 387 p.

Section on Sade examines mutual influences between his work and an emerging tradition of homosexual literature.

Van Den Abbeele, Georges. "Sade, Foucault, and the Scene of Enlightenment Lucidity." Stanford French Review XI, No. 1 (Spring 1987): 7-16.

Uses Michel Foucault's reading of Sade as the basis for a critique of Foucault's interpretative practice.

Additional coverage of Sade's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticim, Vol. 3.