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Georges Bataille

Full Name: Georges Bataille
Gender: Male
Hometown: Billon, Puy-de-Dôme
Born: 1901-12-13
Died: 1962-07-08
Number of Works: 135
French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental act of communion. Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work.

ISBN: 0872862097, 9780872862098
Keywords: eye, story
Pages: 104
Published: 1928
  • Rating: 80%

Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that "the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing." Bataille has been called a "metaphysician of evil," specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Story of the Eye, written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each
ISBN: 0872861902, 9780872861909
Keywords: sensuality, death, erotism
Pages: 188
Published: 1957
  • Rating: 80%

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.
ISBN: 0714530735, 9780714530734
Keywords: noon, blue
Pages: 162
Published: 1957
  • Rating: 80%

Sex, death and madness as European society flirts grimly with the portents of World War II.
ISBN: 0816612838, 9780816612833
Keywords: excess, visions
Pages: 271
Published: 1985
  • Rating: 80%

s/t: Selected Writings 1927-39
ISBN: 0942299116, 9780942299113
Keywords: consumption, share, accursed
Pages: 197
Published: 1949
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0872862224, 9780872862227
Keywords: eros, tears
Pages: 258
Published: 1961
  • Rating: 80%

Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de Rais, Erzebet Bathory, the Marquis de Sade, El Greco, Gustave Moreau, Andre Breton, Voodoo practitioners, and Chinese torture victims, Bataille reveals their common obsession: death.This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in Erotism: Death and Sexuality and Prehistoric Painting: Lascaux or the Birth of Art. In it Bataille examines death-the "little death" that follows sexual climax,
ISBN: 0714530042, 9780714530048
Keywords: man, dead, edwarda, madame, mother
Pages: 224
Published: 1989
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0872862623, 9780872862623
Keywords: impossible
Pages: 144
Published: 1962
  • Rating: 80%

In a philosophical erotic narrative, an essay on poetry, and in poems Georges Bataille pursues his guiding concept, the impossible. The narrator engages in a journey, one reminiscent of the Grail quest; failing, he experiences truth. He describes a movement toward a disappearing object, the same elusive object that moved Theresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena to ecstasy.
ISBN: 071452848X, 9780714528489
Keywords: abb
Pages: 158
Published: 1972
  • Rating: 80%

Told in a series of 1st-person accounts, L'Abbé C is a startling narrative about the intense terrifying relationship between twin brothers. Charles is a modern libertine, dedicated to vice & depravity, while Robert is a priest so devout that he is nicknamed L'Abbe'. When the sexually wild Eponine intrudes upon their suffocating relationship, anguish, delirium & death ensue. Other works by Georges Bataille published by Marion Boyars include Blue of Noon & My Mother Madame Edwarda & the Dead Man.
ISBN: 0942299094, 9780942299090
Keywords: religion, theory
Pages: 128
Published: 1973
  • Rating: 80%

Theory of Religion, along with its companion volumes of The Accursed Share, forms the cornerstone of Bataille's "Copernican" project to overturn not only economic thought but its ethical foundations as well. No other work of Bataille's has managed so incisively to draw the links between man's religious and economic activities.