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Erotism: Death and Sensuality By Georges Bataille Mary Dalwood Erotism Death and Sensuality 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 erot

  • Title: Erotism: Death and Sensuality
  • Author: Georges Bataille Mary Dalwood
  • ISBN: 9780872861909
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Erotism: Death and Sensuality By Georges Bataille Mary Dalwood 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, mythicTaboo 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, he argues 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 NowGeorges 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 of Bataille s works including The Impossible, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.
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    1. Tyler on said:

      You won t stick your hand down your bathing suit ever again after reading this Bataille will see to that And yet this author s misgivings about the erotic seem somehow misplaced They serve as springboards to jump off on tangents Our writer throws in a bunch of psychoanalysis, too, but only insofar as it gets us to the religious take on man s psychic esoterica But first let s look at what Bataille gets right.He starts with continuity, an aspiration that for humans is the essence of being It s wha [...]

    2. Dan on said:

      Employing structuralist anthropological categories like the taboo and transgression, and existential categories like anguish, nausea and horror, this philosophical work on human sexuality analyzes eroticism in terms of violence, religion and death In the latter half of the book, Bataille comments on others who have written on human sexuality For instance, he writes critically of Alfred Kinsey s Sexual Behavior In The Human Male, Volume 2, which came out only three years before Bataille wrote thi [...]

    3. Kukushka on said:

      Erotism is the affirmation of life, even in death Georges Bataille.Sex and death, the sacred and the profane, the longing for the divine Bataille mixes philosophy and anthropology to talk about eroticism, touching a wide range of subjects, from human sacrifice and cannibalism to the Christian notion of sin and that which is diabolical A must read

    4. Mónica Martínez on said:

      Bataille hace un an lisis historico para ligar los opuestos, el erotismo y la muerte Aprend m s que de erotismo un par de cosas aterradoras.Resumen La fenomenolog a batailleana del erotismo demuestra que, en su esencia, el erotismo est vinculado con la sangre, que no hay erotismo sin sangre y lo que la sangre simboliza la muerte el erotismo es la aprobaci n de la vida hasta en la muerte El erotismo surge de la dial ctica entre lo continuo ser y lo discontinuo el sujeto que experimenta el deseo d [...]

    5. d on said:

      Diario de lectura Hace dos a os lo le por primera vez, vuelvo y encuentro una potencia, un atrevimiento te rico incre ble Pocas visiones de mundo tan ricas, de jardines que se bifurcan tanto como la de Bataille.Particularmente genial el cap sobre Sade El lenguaje de Sade es el de la v ctima La violencia es silenciosa y el lenguaje de Sade es parad jico El lenguaje de Sade nos aleja de la violencia No puedo posponer m s el estudio de Hegel, de quien s lo le sus trabajos sobre est tica Ah va.

    6. Sean on said:

      A strong thesis that has a lot of resonance for my own thoughts on human experience It required fairly constant mental editorialising however to filter out the extreme gender bias, the complete ignoring of homosexuality, and a tendency to a high level of repetition These points aside though, it was a thought provoking read that sought to cut through bourgeoise niceties and stare honestly at sex and death.

    7. Adriana Scarpin on said:

      Demasiado androc ntrico e ultrapassado, mas inegavelmente v lido para meus estudos sobre Hilda Hilst.

    8. Stephen Bird on said:

      I can say with certainty that this is a life changing book for me I ve started reading it for a second time as I m sure there s a lot that I ve missed I can see how many readers could be repelled by Bataille s deconstruction of the heavy, harsh realities he grapples with The subject matter, by itself, is brutally real Some sentences jump out at me with absolute clarity others remain murky and mysterious, refusing to give up their secrets Even after a second reading Contradictions exist within th [...]

    9. Erik Graff on said:

      Oh, those French I picked this one up because I d heard folks talk learnedly about Bataille in the same breath as Derrida, Lacan and Foucault and wanted to know what the fuss was about Reading the cover blurb and looking at the table of contents I went on to formulate an expectation of finally finding out where people like deSade were coming from a mystery since I covertly first read Dad s Grove Press edition in early adolescence Well, although I found tidbits of interest herein, I did not come [...]

    10. Jodi Lu on said:

      Here s a book title and cover art that elicit some subway sideways glances if you re into that sort of sexy thing and yet can stomach relatively non sexy and sadly, problematic theory.Now that I ve read Bataille s fiction, historical non fiction and theory and not ever a poem but a quick google search just verified that those exist, upon which I would ve bet the quite unproductive farm , I can assume his poetry has merit He is actually a great writer but I haven t yet read him writing greatly It [...]

    11. Brett Green on said:

      The whole thing is a wonderful and blasphemous Someone at the coffee shop asked me who Bataille was and I told him a religious Nietzsche Indeed, this is the case Bataille somehow, fitting in expositions of human sacrifice, sexual violence, incest, and all other kinds of assorted weird ass shit, manages to paint the most beautiful and lascivious portrait of the night one could ever hope for while ultimately reminding us of the necessity of that ray of light of human consciousness for us to enjoy [...]

    12. Cate White on said:

      on the scale of unlimited loss we come again upon the triumph of being whose only failure has ever been to be in tune with the movement that would have it perishable Being joins the terrible syncopated dance of its own accord, the dance we must accept for what it is, conscious of the horror it is in key with.

    13. Marius Ghencea on said:

      L erotismo di Bataille un saggio indispensabile, importantissimo Ripercorre tutto, dalla preistoria sino ad oggi stesso Pochi quelli che capiscano cosa sia il divino.

    14. Robert Costic on said:

      His ideas are thought provoking but ultimately ridiculous Although he grudgingly admits that there are people who don t think of sex as a taboo, the bulk of his book goes on to describe all sex as a transgression of those selfsame taboos He also misses the the significance of the Kinsey Reports, which he nevertheless discusses for a good chapter, and considering that this is a book on sexual taboos I m a bit surprised that he never once discussed homosexuality In fact, most of his discussion of [...]

    15. Henry on said:

      Contemporary and, in many ways, antecedent to the post structuralists who successfully crossed the pond Bataille s work on death, eroticism, and social structure left discernable traces in Lacan s working of desire and the law and, also, in the Derridean development of deconstruction Bataille, in a certain sense, might be thought of as an important post War interlocutor for Nietzsche and De Sade both of whom, for different reasons, had fallen into disrepute at the time I m reading this for my Fu [...]

    16. Eyre on said:

      The intro to this book has a lovely poetry to it and is worth re reading The book itself aligns taboo with anything counter to reproduction and the labor which is done for survival of the species So the sacred and the profane are relatives, not opposites, as they do not contribute directly to work and survival An interesting thought which is sometimes not supported so well by the dated 1950s anthropological research he uses to back up his argument Worth reading alongside Bataille s literature.

    17. Mark on said:

      A book that deals with the erotic in an almost medieval way a sort of Catholic anthropology of the body through sex despite some relatively modern psychological approaches to such things as orgasms and taboos Curious and sometimes compelling, the book nevertheless feels unconnected to the lived experience of sexuality I also think this might be a bad translation, since it often seems convoluted at the level of syntax rather than concept, though it s hard to imagine tracking down the French versi [...]

    18. Will on said:

      Wandering and banal, Bataille has two novel insights in this book The first deals with de Sade in a way that altered my perception of the late Marquis The other discusses the Kinsey reports, both their value and the degree to which they missed the mark about human sexuality The rest of the book discusses taboo, organized and sanctioned sanctified transgressions, and the ties to eroticism In my first reading, I missed any deep message that he intended and thought that most of his points were anti [...]

    19. Sarah on said:

      Picked this one cause of the title.It really caught my attention.It s my first read for Georges Bataille and I really have no idea what to think about it.It s a Really interesting read There were parts that really got me interested, and then came parts that I just wanted to stop reading cause it was just so Dull and repetitive.The part about De Sade made me do some research about him and plan to get me some of De Sade s books.Also the part he criticized the Kinsey reports and how they observed h [...]

    20. Alice Watkins on said:

      This book is a very useful resource for anyone seeking research on how eroticism links with death, either from a literary perspective or a psychological one The way Bataille is very lyrical but also manages to stay on point, providing a lot of perspectives on something that people are usually too scared to talk about but effects most people It s a great read, especially for aspiring writers, I think

    21. Tom Isaacs on said:

      I would give this book five stars for part one alone I loved reading Bataille s theories on taboo and transgression I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the origins of religion, ritual, sacrifice etc.Part two is a collection of related essays and unfortunately didn t hold my interest to the same extent After reading the first essay I skimmed through one or two others before putting the book down altogether.

    22. Dusty Hope on said:

      best chapters are the last sensuality and death mysticism and eroticism approached as a social scientist with a specialization in taboo topics, history of human extant relationships with concentration on religious and primitive sexuality, religious taboos, transgressions into violence some of the sentences go beyond meaning, like bugs dancing around a carcass If you can get beyond the academics really is somewhat intoxicating.

    23. Michael on said:

      This is a fantastic book One of Bataille s best, in my opinion The investigation of early religion and the relationship between religious and sexual experiences sets the stage for an understanding of Bataille s project, its relation to sacrifice and mystical experience I taught this twice once for Philosophy Literature, once as a part of world religions It completely freaked out the World Religions class I doubt most people read it in the Philosophy Lit course.

    24. Tosh on said:

      I like to think of death as a final sexual act of some sort There is something so beautiful in the gesture that is totally erotic Bataille looks in the taboo and finds pleasure.

    25. DEREK CROSSLEY on said:

      French philosophy that breaks down taboos, death, and sex Check it out.

    26. J on said:

      I don t think I am going to finish this one soon I sometimes feel that Bataille s assessments are inaccurate and vague but this may just be my own unfamiliarity with the extent of his brainpower.

    27. Ziad on said:

      Amazing for anyone interested in the connection between religion, taboo, transgression, violence, and eroticism It is not cryptic, yet very enlightening.

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