Erotism. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality- Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often. Redirect to: Georges Bataille. Retrieved from ” php?title=Erotism:_Death_and_Sensuality&oldid=”. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality-Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.

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Oy, you know no one cares! Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Transgression came before the fall not as an element of erotiism sacred. Read more from the Study Guide.

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City Lights Foundation Books. The real distinction would appear to be one between between the taboo against actually physically or even psychologically disabling another and all other taboos. Nov 03, Stephen Bird rated it it was amazing. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This transgression generates eroticism.

San Francisco Poet Laureates. Violation gives greater force to the law. A book that deals with the erotic in an almost medieval way–a sort of Catholic anthropology of the body through sex–despite some batallle modern psychological approaches to such things as orgasms and taboos.

Return to Book Page. How can the sacred world of continuity adjust to discontinuity?

I advise readers to skip this one. I picked this one up because I’d heard folks talk learnedly about Bataille in the same breath as Derrida, Lacan and Foucault and wanted to know what the fuss was about.

Examining both within the thematic context of what society defines as “taboo”, the author explores themes relating to the necessity and meaning of transgressing such taboos, as well as the existential tension between continuity union and discontinuity separation. He hammers away at the energy wasted by sex, forgetting that intercourse takes just a few minutes, whereas humans usually work all day long. City Lights Open Media.


Eroticism Georges Bataille Snippet view – Violence opposes solidarity, logic, laws, language, and Sade uses the most forthright language opposed by sovereignty. The Object of Desire: Sanctity, Eroticism and Solitude Eroticism is defined by secrecy, and is outside ordinary life.

Erotism: Death & Sensuality Summary & Study Guide

Investigating desire seath to and extending beyond the eortism of sexuality, he argues senusality eroticism is “a psychological quest not alien to death.

Bataille somehow, fitting in expositions of human sacrifice, sexual violence, incest, and all other kinds of assorted weird ass shit, manages to paint the most beautiful and lascivious portrait of the night one could ever hope for while ultimately reminding us of the necessity of that ray of light of human consciousness for us to enjoy any of it at all.

And Bataille makes the all too familiar tin-eared claim about women enjoying fantasies of rape. Hence pleasure is paradoxically unbearable, dread the proper reaction to it. Stuff like free love and batallle appalled him; full sexual licentiousness would eradicate the very thing it sought to liberate.

Sacred world is significant re: Sexual display is followed by feigned denial. F Cruelty and organized war: Either involves a transgression of taboos; either violates the status quo of culture.


Paperbackpages. Report says that rates vary with religious restriction but highest rate in those who do not work, work makes people into things, means to an end.

References to this book Mimesis and Alterity: Sacrifice brings life and death into harmony: I’m reading this f Contemporary – and, in many ways, antecedent to the post-structuralists who successfully crossed the pond – Bataille’s work on death, eroticism, and social structure left discernable traces in Lacan’s working of desire and the law and, also, in the Derridean development of deconstruction.

This same waffling permeates most of his conclusions. Taboos are refusals to expend life in an orgy of annihilation. Sexual union is apt description of mystical union cf. Eroitsm is violence used by a rational creature. Growth of importance of morality is linked with contempt for animals denying them moral value; degradation is indefensible while transgression is not, fallen creatures have no hope, transgressive deat promises joy.

These points aside though, it was a thought provoking read that sought to cut through bourgeoise niceties and stare honestly at sex and death. Sexual beauty is desired as a contrast to the ugliness of the sexual organs and act. Death is consequence of superabundance; discontinuity only preserved in stagnation.

Witches were burnt while low prostitutes lived to illustrate sin.

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