Erotism: Death and Sensuality
City Lights Publishers, Oct 1, 1986 - 188 pages
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 SensualityUser Review - Will - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
Review: Erotism: Death and SensualityUser Review - Meredith - Goodreads
So 276 pages and on the LAST PAGE the author admits that language ultimately fails to describe the experiences he's trying to describe? Die in a fire, man. Die in a fire. The anthropological theories ... Read full review