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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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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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
TABOO AND TRANSGRESSION
9
Eroticism in inner experience
29
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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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