Erotism: Death and Sensuality

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City Lights Books, 1986 - Philosophy - 276 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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Contents

FOREWORD
7
TABOO AND TRANSGRESSION
9
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
Murder hunting and
71
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
The enigma of incest
197
Mysticism and sensuality
221
Sanctity eroticism and solitude
252

Murder and sacrifice
81
From religious sacrifice to eroticism
89
Sexual plethora and death
94
Transgression in marriage and in orgy
109
Christianity
117
prostitution
129
A preface to Madame Edwarda
265
CONCLUSION
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY 277
INDEX 279
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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 including The Impossible, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.

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