Erotism

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City Lights Books, 1962 - Philosophy - 276 pages
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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, he argues that eroticism is "a psychological quest not alien to death.

  

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Review: Erotism: Death and Sensuality

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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 ... Read full review

Review: Erotism: Death and Sensuality

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
7
INTRODUCTION
11
Part
27
TABOO AND TRANSGRESSION Chapter I Eroticism in inner experience
29
The link between taboos and death
40
Taboos related to reproduction
49
Affinities between reproduction and death
55
Transgression
63
prostitution
129
Beauty
140
Part Two SOME ASPECTS OF EROTICISM
147
Kinsey the underworld and work
149
De Sades sovereign man
164
De Sade and the normal man
177
Chapter FV The enigma of incest
197
Mysticism and sensuality
221

Murder hunting and war
71
Murder and sacrifice
81
From religious sacrifice to eroticism
89
Sexual plethora and death
94
Transgression in marriage and in orgy
109
Christianity
117
Sanctity eroticism and solitude
252
A preface to Madame Edwarda
265
CONCLUSION
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
277
INDEX
279
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About the author (1962)

Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in 1897. He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. Bataille died in 1962.

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