Angela Olive Carter: The Sadeian Woman

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In her work, originally published in New York as The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1978) and shortly after in London under the title The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History (1979), Angela Carter claims that the pornographic literature of the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) can be used by twentieth-century feminists because within it the “nature” of women is exposed as culturally determined. Carter’s critical enquiry follows three of Sade’s texts: Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue (1791), Juliette, or The Prosperities of Vice (1797), and Philosophy in the Boudoir (1795). By addressing Sade’s female characters Justine, Juliette, and Eug&…

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Crawford, Amy Suzanne. "The Sadeian Woman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2015
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