A Monster for Our Times: Reading Sade across the Centuries  

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"Malesherbes’s usage of the term “obscenity” attests to the currency the concept had gained in France by the mid eighteenth century. As Joan DeJean has demonstrated [in The Reinvention of Obscenity], obscenity emerged as a category during the second half of the seventeenth century, following the 1655 publication of L’École des filles, ou la philosophie des dames, the first obscene prose work to appear in French and the inaugural text of the new genre of erotic “philosophy.” The sexually explicit work was deemed unacceptable." --A Monster for Our Times: Reading Sade across the Centuries[1] (2011)

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A Monster for Our Times: Reading Sade across the Centuries[2] (2011) is a text by Matthew Bridge.

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