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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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.

Bataille will see to that. Theorists usually don’t make me tear up; this is an atypical example of the tone but come on: Sanctity and eroticism refuse.

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The second part of the book is titled “Some Aspects of Eroticism”. Sexual activity is a form of violence as opposed to work, as impulse it can interfere of work.

He draws on his Church for support, but I doubt Catholic theology espouses the level of revulsion over eroticism that his writing achieves. Mystic experience is tied to morality.


Erotism: Death and Sensuality

War arises when threshold of taboo on murder is crossed. Nothing excites passion more than irregularity. Enter the most annoying pitfall of amateur theory: E Eroticism, Evil and social degradation: Even the life of the soul must be kept going, via the seduction of what is beyond self interest, the lightning flash that exalts one above time. This elevates the victim above the ordinary customs and turns that order on its head.

Beauty is important because ugliness cannot be desecrated, which is the essence of eroticism. All of which induce fear, revulsion and rapturous desire; and for a society to survive, the fear must be gridlocked into law and the desire forbidden. D The orgy as an agrarian ritual: Traditionally woman excite desire by putting themselves forward as objects for aggression and men pursue.

Anguish shows withdrawal before blind erotiam of life. The link between taboos and death. Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Part two is a collection of related essays and unfortunately didn’t hold my interest to the same extent. Worth reading alongside Bataille’s literatur The intro to this book has a lovely poetry to it and is worth re-reading.


I would give this book five stars for part one alone. D Pleasure and the certainty of doing wrong: Sovereign rulers personify the escape from the bounds of work as do criminals.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality – Georges Bataille – Google Books

Morality which exalts the lowly serves to sensualit them more e. D The rules of exogamy, giving women away, and the need for a rule to share them out among the men: Sexual display is followed by feigned denial.

C The divine is no less paradoxical than the vicious: Modern warfare separates masses from the transgressive pleasure. City Lights Books Amazon. Taboo works in the community of work cuts off violencebut not re: Batailel expect the lover to desire to make the disorder lasting and so orderly.

Wandering and banal, Bataille has two novel insights in this book. Chapter FV The enigma of incest. Books by Georges Bataille.