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Circles of CensorshipCensorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory$
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Nicholas Harrison

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.001.0001

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(p.121) 3. Counter-Censorship
Circles of Censorship

Nicholas Harrison

Oxford University Press

In his book on Sade, Roland Barthes expresses that the greatest type of subversion or counter-censorship does not necessarily bring shocks to the law, the police, or to public opinion. Instead, it concerns the inventing of a paradoxical discourse in which invention proves to be a revolutionary act. This chapter attempts to look into the ‘counter-censorship’ discourse in French literary culture during the 20th century. Also, the chapter aims to show that this discourse emerged from the overlap and intersection of the discourses covered in both the legal-historical notion of censorship as well as in the psychoanalytic notion of censorship. Specifically, the explanation rests on Breton and the Surrealists's work on Sade's singularity, and on the work of Barthes and the Tel Quel group.

Keywords:   Roland Barthes, Tel Quel group, singularity, Sade, counter-censorship, psychoanalytic notion, legal-historical notion

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