Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo by Georges Bataille

By Georges Bataille

Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, loss of life and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues those subject matters with an unique, frequently startling point of view. He demanding situations any unmarried discourse at the erotic. The scope of his inquiry levels from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the themes he covers comprise prostitution, legendary ecstasy, cruelty, and arranged struggle. Investigating wish ahead of and increasing past the area of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is "a mental quest now not alien to death."

" . . . probably the most unique and unsettling of these thinkers who, within the wake of Sade and Nietzsche, have faced the potential for proposal in a global that has misplaced its fantasy of transcendence."--Peter Brooks, New York instances publication Review

"Bataille is likely one of the most crucial writers of the century."--Michel Foucault

"[An] pressing, thrusting ebook approximately love, intercourse, dying and spirituality by means of Georges Bataille."--Mark rate, Philosophy Now

Georges Bataille (1897-1962) used to be a French highbrow and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological matters comparable to eroticism and surrealism. urban lighting released extra of Bataille's works together with The Impossible, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.

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Thls is what religious historians call the sacramental element. This sacramental element is the revelation of continuity through the death of a d~scontinuousbeing to those who watch it as a solemn rite. A violent death disrupts the creature's discontinuity: what remains, what the tense onlookers experience in the succeeding silence, is the continuity of all existence with whch the victim is now one. Only a spectacular lulling carried out as the solemn and collective nature of religion dictates has the power to reveal what normally escapes notice.

More than any other state of mind consciousness of the void about us throws us into exaltation. This does not mean that we feel an emptiness in ourselves, far from it; but we pass beyond that into an awareness of the act of transgression. TRANSGRESSION 70 In order to define the nature and implications of transgression, rather than less complex cases I shall describe the peaks reached by overwhelming religious experience, Christian or Buddhist, where acts of transgression are accomplished. First, however, I must turn to less complex forms of transgression.

The earliest record of war Hunting must be considered as a primitive form of transgression apparently earlier than war which seems to have been unknown to the men of the "Franco-cantabrian" painted caves living during the Upper Paleolithic period. At any rate war would not have had the primary importance it attained later for these our earliest fellow men; indeed they put us in mind of the Eskimos who up to our own day have lived mostly ignorant of war. War was first depicted by the men of the rock paintings of eastern Spain.

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