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From the Publisher"In this provocative, timely, and engaging study of famous perversefigures, Elisabeth Roudinesco offers us a ‘dark mirror' forhuman experience. She persuasively argues that because perversionis a uniquely human activity, it allows us to gain access toaspects of the human psyche that are normally hidden from view. Byexamining case histories of perversion throughout history,Roudinesco shows that perverts provide us with a disturbingreflection of the dark side of the very human societies in whichthey perform their extreme acts."
Elissa Marder, Emory University
"This fascinating book takes us from the question of the originof the perverse through its semiotic displacements in Christianityand libertinism, by way of Freud as a thinker of the darkEnlightenment, into the emergence of contemporary biocracy andgenocide as delight in evil. Required reading for all studies ofthe history of consciousness."
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University