McMorran 2013 Violence

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Author: Will McMorran

Title: The sound of violence

Subtitle: Listening to rape in Sade

In: Representing violence in France 1760-1820

Edited by: Thomas Wynn

Place: Oxford

Publisher: Voltaire Foundation

Year: 2013

Pages: 229-249

Series: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 10

ISBN-13: 9780729410762 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century, 19th Century | French History | Representations: Literature / Donatien Alphonse François de Sade

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Author: Will McMorran, Department of Comparative Literature and Culture, Queen Mary University of

Abstract: »Under the enduring influence of Roland Barthes, literary critics since the 1960s have typically taken a linguistic approach to Sade's fiction that focuses on discourse rather than representation. While this approach has proved fruitful in many respects, it has signally failed to convey or address the violence which is arguably the defining characteristic of Sade's ceuvre. One way of capturing the force of this violence is to shift focus from the words on the page to the mental imagery - auditory as well as visual - that these produce in the minds of their readers. This broadly cognitive approach is applied to a pivotal scene of brutal violence from Justine, ou Les Malheurs de la vertu.« [Source: Refdoc]

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Added: February 22, 2014 | Last updated: February 22, 2014