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Georges Bataille - Michael Richardson

Hardcover Published: 26th May 1994
ISBN: 9780415098410
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 18 years old

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This is the first book in English to offer an accessible introduction to the work of Georges Bataille, recognized as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Bataille developed a complex philosophy based upon an examination of the interplay between death and eroticism. For him, eroticism was the foundation of human experience and provided sharp insight into the basis of human society and the individual's response to society.
The theories of Bataille, although largely neglected during his lifetime, have grown in influence during the last 30 years--first in France and more recently in Britain and the US, where they have often been associated with the rise of post-structuralism and postmodernism.
Although most of Bataille's works have now been translated into English, there has been little accessible critical commentary on his work. Often misunderstood and conflated too readily with postmodernism, Bataille is a far more multifaceted thinker who cannot easily be categorized. This book seeks to both identify the essential qualities of Bataille's work and to critically examine the concepts he uses. Written with both clarity and precision, "Georges Bataille" is a superb analysis of the intellectual roots of modern social theory and as such represents a major contribution to the historical and analytical development of postmodernism.

""The Absence of Myth adds to the collection of Bataillean texts already available in English and provides an interesting selection of his work in and around surrealism. As such, it is an important book for those interested in the surrealist movement." -John G. Watters

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Life and Context of Workp. 18
Themes and Intellectual Backgroundp. 23
Towards a Sociology of Abundancep. 40
Expenditure and the General Economyp. 67
Death, Communication and the Experience of Limitsp. 97
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 133
Notesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 143
Name Indexp. 145
Subject Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780415098410
ISBN-10: 0415098416
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th May 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1