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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RoyHartCentre - LibraryThing
Good work and a classic in French culture, but much of what is written is somewhat dated and needs to be rethought. Bataille represents the branch of Surrealism that broke with the communist side of that movement after WWII. JFL Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - heina - LibraryThing
The overarching Freudian dogma that runs this book annoyed me, as well as the assumption that penetration is necessarily a submissive act for women. Female sexuality is definitely short-changed. The ... Read full review