A Preface to Transgression  

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"We like to believe that sexuality has regained, in contemporary experience, its full truth as a process of nature, a truth which has long been lingering in the shadows and hiding under various disguises-until now, that is, when our positive awareness allows us to decipher it so that it may at last emerge in the clear light of language."--"A Preface to Transgression" (1963) by Michel Foucault

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"A Preface to Transgression" (1963) is an essay by Michel Foucault.

"The essay first appeared in "Hommage à Georges Bataille," in Critique, Nos. 195-196 (1963), pp. 751-770; it is reprinted here by permission of Critique. Bataille is especially important to Foucault, who has assisted in the publication of Bataille's Oeuvres complètes (Paris: Gallimard, 1973); and has been a frequent contributor and editorial consultant to Critique, a journal founded by Bataille. (All notes in this essay are supplied by the editor.)"

The essay provides a methodological origin for the concept of transgression in literature.

In English, it was collected in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice.

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