El rito de iniciación en La philosophie dans le boudoir del Marqués de Sade: tiempo hierático e isolismo
Authors: Berenice Ortega Villela
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"La philosophie dans le boudoir" written during Sade’s twelve-year imprisonment in La Bastille, but published after his release in 1795, is one of the three novels ("La nouvelle Justine ou les infortunes de la vertu, suivie de Juliette, sa sœur" and the unfinished "Les 120 journées de Sodome") in which the Marquis expands the components of the deviant narrative world that has transcended him. In this trilogy, the concept of what has come to be known as sadism (the pleasure originated from applying vilence onto others) is developed. However, this term, although used by experts and amateurs alike to discusssadean themes, is a misnomer and problematic. This is because it not only creates a variety of prejudices about what the reader may encounter in the text, but also because it disregards the concept that the Marquis himself created to name his concept of Being (Sein) in the world: isolism, a term commonly forgotten in Sadean studies even though it is one that originates Sade’s experience in prison and has a complexity only matched by the structure of the stories that surround the concept itself. This article establishes the relation between isolism, imprisonment, and temporality based on Paul Ricœur’s ideas of triple mimesis and the structural analysis of "La philosophie dans le boudoir".