Erotism has ratings and 79 reviews. Tyler said: You won’t stick your hand down your bathing suit ever again after reading this. Bataille will see t. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is “a psychological quest not alien to death. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality-Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.

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Erotism: Death and Sensuality – Georges Bataille – Google Books

The rest of the book discusses taboo, organized and sanctioned sanctified transgressions, and the ties to eroticism. Death is consequence of superabundance; discontinuity only preserved in stagnation. Taboos related to reproduction.

Cell division is not immortality: I also think this might be a bad translation, since it often seems convoluted at the bafaille of syntax rather than concept, though it’s hard to imagine tracking down the French v A book that deals with the erotic in an almost medieval way–a sort of Catholic anthropology bataiole the body through sex–despite some relatively modern psychological approaches to such things as orgasms edotism taboos. Eroticism is infinitely variable but it is only considered from the world-historical-default of the male perspective.

War often prelude to torture. Hence my claim that Eroticism is a difficult text despite its deceptively straightforward and conversational tone. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Ordinary people motivated by need and fear, sympathies, dread and cowardice oppose the passions of sovereignty.


It is not our habits or their disruptions which make us human, Bataille contends, for animals seem to exhibit as much: The feeling of transgression, of going outside of bounds persists.

Dec 12, Matthieu rated it really liked it. During work consumption is minimized. Sacred prostitution turns shame into ritual and transgression, shame becomes a way of accepting the taboo.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Peligro rated it it was amazing. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Sacred days are feast days when forbidden things are allowed or required and expenditure is mandated.

Breaking barriers and dying are invested as objects. Bataille is severely not known for his work maybe well-known in the philosophy world.

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Go back to actually saying things; you had me as a solo act. Wandering and banal, Bataille has two novel insights in this book. The psychoanalysis and anthropology are outdated, and the Catholic references are suspect.

Some restriction on sexual between are a cultural universals, e. Part two is a collection of related essays and unfortunately didn’t hold my interest to the same extent.

Sacrifice brings life and death with continuity by eating the sacrificial meat.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality by Georges Bataille

This is the positive catastrophe of Eroticism and indeed, of eroticism. This impossible project involves examining those blindingly over-lit or twilight points at which theorization collapses abtaille dissolves into seizure, sobbing, fugue, orgasm, or the scream of anguish.


Fear and horror are not the real and final reaction; on the contrary, they are a temptation to overstep the bounds. Explore the Home Gift Guide. B The decisive importance of the transition from animal to man: Sanctity eroticism and solitude. Humans think of their discontinuity as the deepest part of bataiple being. We do not feel the immediacy of sacrifice, Christianity anti-law breaking in general.

Death pays back animal violations. Bataille, in a certain sense, might be thought of as an important bahaille interlocutor for Nietzsche and De Sade both of whom, for different reasons, had fallen into disrepute at the time. So anguish at the heart of taboo. Egotism imagines sovereign man as a challenge to decent normal people, and the firmness of this gives meaning to this challenge that exceeds the possible.

We choose the former and take possession of the object rather than losing our life.

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