Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts

Georges Bataille, Robert Lebel, Isabelle Waldberg, Alastair Brotchie, Iain White
Atlas Press, 1995 - 173 pagina's
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Cultural studies, assembled and introduced by Alastair Brotchie, translated by lain White, Dominic Faccini, Annette Michelson, Alexis Lykiard, et al. Comprised of the Critical Dictionary and related texts edited by Georges Bataille, from has magazine Documents; and the Encyclopaedia Da Costa, edited by Robert Lebel and Isabelle Waldberg with Marcel Duchamp, Atlas Press's Encyclopedia Acephalica charts the territory around Bataille and others through first-hand documents produced by the Acephale group and writers associated with the Surrealists.

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For those who have acquired the taste for surrealist intellectual feasts, this encyclopedia is right on target: it is no less than a cornucopia of thoughts, images, and illustrations reflecting the ... Volledige review lezen

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Georges Bataille was a French poet, novelist, and philosopher. He was born in Billon, Puy-de-Dome, in central France on September 10, 1897. His father was already blind and paralyzed from syphilis when Bataille was born. In 1915, Bataille's father died, his mind destroyed by his illness. The death marked his son for life. While working at the Bibliotheque National in Paris during the 1920s, Bataille underwent psychoanalysis and became involved with some of the intellectuals in the Surrealist movement, from whom he learned the concept of incongruous imagery in art. In 1946 he founded the journal Critique, which published the early work of some of his contemporaries in French intellectual life, including Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. Bataille believed that in the darkest moments of human existence-in orgiastic sex and terrible death-lay ultimate reality. By observing them and even by experiencing them, actually in sex and vicariously in death, he felt that one could come as close as possible to fully experiencing life in all its dimensions. Bataille's works include The Naked Beast at Heaven's Gate (1956), A Tale of Satisfied Desire (1953), Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo (1962), and The Birth of Art: Prehistoric Painting (1955). Bataille died in Paris on July 8, 1962.

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