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Dialectics in turmoil:: Adorno’s literal reading of Sade

Dialectics in turmoil:: Adorno’s literal reading of Sade
Dialectics in turmoil:: Adorno’s literal reading of Sade
Consideration of the work of Sade in relation to Adorno usually refers to the much-discussed chapter from Dialektik der Aufklärung. But Adorno made a number of other remarks across his career that suggest a very different reading. I will discuss the three most significant of these remarks and show how they develop an approach to the libidinal aspect of aesthetic experience that challenges our understanding of the relation of thought and language. In doing so, Sade’s works indicate an extraordinary liberation of the dialectic of natural-history through a mimesis of desire, which is made apparent in what Sade’s texts literally present; in their contingency and also their facticity.
0969-725X
115-131
Allen, William
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Allen, William
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Allen, William (2017) Dialectics in turmoil:: Adorno’s literal reading of Sade. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 22 (4), 115-131. (doi:10.1080/0969725X.2017.1406051).

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Consideration of the work of Sade in relation to Adorno usually refers to the much-discussed chapter from Dialektik der Aufklärung. But Adorno made a number of other remarks across his career that suggest a very different reading. I will discuss the three most significant of these remarks and show how they develop an approach to the libidinal aspect of aesthetic experience that challenges our understanding of the relation of thought and language. In doing so, Sade’s works indicate an extraordinary liberation of the dialectic of natural-history through a mimesis of desire, which is made apparent in what Sade’s texts literally present; in their contingency and also their facticity.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 5 December 2017
Published date: 5 December 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 421716
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421716
ISSN: 0969-725X
PURE UUID: 923aea26-7ed7-4898-a8fe-c56ac6f9e36e
ORCID for William Allen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4731-2955

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Date deposited: 25 Jun 2018 16:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:42

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