Georges Bataille's powerful writings, with their focus on themes of sex and death, have fascinated many readers. Bataille's emotive discourse of excess, transgression, sacrifice and the sacred has had a profound influence on thinkers such as Foucault, Derrida and Kristeva. "Bataille" examines the continuing power and influence of his work.
Drawing from a number of perspectives and a range of disciplines, the collection centers around Bataille's concept of a radical, subversive negativity--what Bataille called the sacred. The essays examine the central role of writing in his work and address issues relevant to current theoretical debates such as the critique of subjectivity, the relationship between representation, meaning and a particular theory of language, and the nature of community.
The full extent of Bataille's subversive and influential writings have only been made available to an English-speaking audience in recent years. This collection explores the many facets of his writings by bringing together a group of international experts on Bataille in fields ranging from philosophy and literature to art history.
Contributors: Geoffrey Bennington, Jean-Michel Besnier, Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons, Briony Fer, Denis Hollier, Marie-Christine Lala, John Lechte, Miche'le Richman, Alphonso Lingis, Allan Stoekl, Susan R. Suleiman, Sarah Wilson.
"This book collects together major contributions on the nature of Bataille's contradictory project across the whole range of philosophy, social theory, art and critical theory, and literary analysis. It is not only an indispensible examination/celebration of Georges Bataille but also a vital contribution to the urgent assessment of the critique of modernity. A major publication." -Mike Gane, Loughborough University
|List of illusrations||p. vii|
|List of contributors||p. viii|
|A note on the translations||p. xiii|
|Bataille, the emotive intellectual||p. 12|
|Bataille in the street: The search for virility in the 1930s||p. 26|
|Introduction to economics I: Because the world is round||p. 46|
|The sacred group: A Durkheimian perspective on the Collège de sociologie||p. 58|
|Recogation in Madame Edwarda||p. 77|
|Sacrifice and violence in Bataille's erotic fiction: Reflections from/upon the mise en abime||p. 91|
|The hatred of poetry in Georges Bataille's writing and thought||p. 105|
|Surrealism and the practice of writing, or The 'case' of Bataille||p. 117|
|The use-value of the impossible||p. 133|
|Poussìere/peinture: Bataille on painthing||p. 154|
|Feting the wound: Georges Bataille and Jean Fautrier in the 1940s||p. 172|
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Series: Warwick Studies in European Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 15th December 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1