Situates Sade's work into the cultural and intellectual context during the Age of Enlightenment by focusing on Sade's engaged approach to scientific culture, epistemology and social reforms and analyzes his medical appropriation of these socio-cultural factors. Quinlan argues that Sade's libertines appropriate the medical system in order to counter the mainstream ideology, to achieve commands over their minds and bodies for intensified pleasure, and to defy policies on reproduction, family and public welfare, thereby creating a utopian space.
Textual Practice 20.2 (2006):231-55. Print.
Quinlan, Sean M., “Medicine in the Boudoir: Sade and Moral Hygiene in Post-Thermidorean France,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed October 1, 2023, http://enlightenmentlegacies.org/items/show/16.