Desire bound: Violence, body, machine

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Exploring the function of sado-masochistic imagery in Surrealism, this essay examines the importance of interest in the Marquis de Sade to the movement. Poetic, literary and visual evocations of violence and perverse eroticism are considered. The essay concludes by discussing notions of transgression as well as the problem of the representation of women in surrealism, and the possibility of a female language of an erotics of transgression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Dada and Surrealism
EditorsDavid Hopkins
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118476239, 9781118476222
ISBN (Print)9781118476185
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2016


  • Louis Aragon
  • Marquis de Sade
  • Man Ray
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Benjamin Péret
  • Meret Oppenheim
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • André Breton
  • Hans Bellmer
  • Georges Bataille


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