Polysexuality (book)

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Polysexuality
Polysexuality.jpg
Author François Peraldi
Country United States
Language English
Subject Sex
Published 1981 (Semiotext(e))
Media type Print
Pages 300
ISBN 1-57027-011-2

Polysexuality is the tenth issue of the journal Semiotext(e), designed to illustrate "the plural aspects of sexuality." Edited by Canadian psychoanalyst François Peraldi, it was first published in 1981. The work reproduces images of genocide, massacre, and political disaster. According to Sylvére Lotringer, the purpose of these images was not to communicate terror and despair, but rather to connect sexuality to all the other flows that permeate society and to represent the death drive. They were intended to communicate ecstasy or jouissance.[1] Polysexuality was reprinted in 1995, in a new edition noting that Peraldi had died of AIDS in 1993.[2]

It reprinted material by writers and philosophers such as Pierre Klossowski, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Félix Guattari, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard, William S. Burroughs, Paul Virilio, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, and Guy Hocquenghem, together with an introduction written by François Peraldi. It contains thirteen chapters: "Self Sex", "Soft Sex", "Alimentary Sex", "Sex of the Gaze", "Ambiguous Sex", "Animal Sex", "Child Sex", "Morbid Sex", "Violent Sex", "Discursive Sex", "Philosophical Sex", and "Critical Sex".

The anthology was attacked in the United States Congress for its alleged advocacy of bestiality.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.echonyc.com/~trans/Telesymposia3/Lotringer/frameLotringer%20A3%20eng.html
  2. ^ Peraldi, François. (1995). Polysexuality. New York: Semiotext(e). ISBN 1-57027-011-2. 
  3. ^ Polysexuality, The MIT Press.