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Erotism: Death and Sensuality (original 1957; edition 2001)
by Georges Bataille (Author)
Erotism: Death and Sensuality by Georges Bataille (1957)
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Good work and a classic in French culture, but much of what is written is somewhat dated and needs to be rethought. Bataille represents the branch of Surrealism that broke with the communist side of that movement after WWII. JFL
The overarching Freudian dogma that runs this book annoyed me, as well as the assumption that penetration is necessarily a submissive act for women. Female sexuality is definitely short-changed. The outlook this book has on sexuality is outdated and biologically incoherent. It may have been influential and forward in its time, but I don't understand why people still recommend and read this book.
death, orgasms, rituals, sex, power, weird french theory. God I love this book.
Bataille was singly the greatest mind in human history when it came to analyzing the truth of the human condition.
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Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality--Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, heargues that eroticism is "a psychological quest not alien to death." " . . . one of the most original and unsettling of those thinkers who, in the wake of Sade and Nietzsche, have confronted the possibility of thought in a world that has lost its myth of transcendence."--Peter Brooks,New York Times Book Review "Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."--Michel Foucault "[An] urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille."--Mark Price,Philosophy Now Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works includingThe Impossible,The Tears of Eros, andStory of the Eye.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)306.7 — Social sciences Social Sciences Culture and Institutions Relations between the sexes, sexualities, love
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
Though this work is now over fifty years old, it is doubtful that any book since has improved upon it nor even come close to it, nor that one has even dared. Some may find portions of the work misogynist, others may even find the work dated, and nearly all readers will find that at certain points an explanation of mere pornography borders on the esoteric and indecipherable. However, Bataille is trying to express that which cannot be expressed in language. Most concepts defy language itself, they are outside of it. Bataille himself states this. We see then what a lofty undertaking this work is, and the fact that it is so fluid, enlightening, and precise in spite of that is a monumental achievement. ( )