Erotism: death & sensuality

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City Lights Books, 1962 - Art - 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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User Review  - Toby Wiggins - Goodreads

A titillating romp into the proximity of sex to death. Bataille's theorizing of continuity and discontinuity are good compliments to Freuds life and death drives, and broader questions of human desire. Typical unfortunate gendered and heteronormative readings that reflect the era. Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Isaacs - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


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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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