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Appropriation of Sadeian Violence in Angela Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

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Rebordinos Garcia, Megan ULiège
Promotor(s) : Delrez, Marc ULiège
Date of defense : 26-Aug-2020/5-Sep-2020 • Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2268.2/10645
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Title : Appropriation of Sadeian Violence in Angela Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Translated title : [fr] L'Appropriation de la Violence Sadienne dans The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman d'Angela Carter
Author : Rebordinos Garcia, Megan ULiège
Date of defense  : 26-Aug-2020/5-Sep-2020
Advisor(s) : Delrez, Marc ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Romdhani, Rebecca ULiège
Herbillon, Marie ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 107
Keywords : [en] Angela Carter
[en] The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
[en] Sade
[en] Pornography
[en] Moral Pornography
[en] Sexual Violence
[en] Feminism
[en] The Sadeian Woman
[en] English Literature
Discipline(s) : Arts & humanities > Literature
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en langues et lettres modernes, orientation générale, à finalité approfondie
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres

Abstract

[en] The present thesis focuses on how Angela Carter (1940 – 1992) recaptured the ideas and
principles of the Marquis de Sade (1740 – 1814) so as to assert her feminist ideas through the
exploitation of pornography and sexual violence in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor
Hoffman (1972). After an overview of Carter’s literary life, it will trace the author’s views on
Sade and what she called “moral pornography” as well as the relationship the latter can have
with feminism, on the one hand by taking a close look at the highly controversial essay The
Sadeian Woman (1978) and on the other hand by dealing with the explosive debate on the
pornography issue that took place within the feminist movement during the 1980s. It will then
offer an analysis of Carter’s novel, approaching a variety of topics ranging from the inclusion
of Sadeian characters within the plot to the elaboration of powerful Carterian heroines by way
of distinctive features directly borrowed from pornography – such as dehumanisation, the
stereotypical representation of femininity and gender relations, and the banalisation of sexual
violence against women, all of it being subjected to criticism.


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  • Rebordinos Garcia, Megan ULiège Université de Liège > Master lang. & lettres mod, or. gén., à fin.

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  • Romdhani, Rebecca ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique anglaises modernes
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  • Herbillon, Marie ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Traduction du français vers l'anglais
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