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Erotism Georges Bataille Limited bztaille – On a technical note, I find the translation to be problematic [this has been observed by other Goodreads reviewers as well]; typos abound and while many of them are innocuous — There are instances where both the typos and the mistranslations possibly contribute to misinterpretation of specific shades of meaning.

Anguish shows withdrawal before blind surge of life. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. Beauty and trauma all around. Students of Intellectual History. In death they are entirely in the power of violence.

Life is instability and eeath, swelling on the verge of explosion which exhausts its resources and requires death of exhausted to make room for more life. I like to gataille of death as a final sexual act of some sort.

Inner truth is revealed when understanding via sensualitty fails and accursed aspect is felt; the rending tumult of passion leads us to focus beyond objects. Main content page count We should ignore taboo on obscenity, since this varies as a relation between subjects and objects. In general human life strives to excess to the point of anguish unbearable. Anyway, the guy has some gorgeous, provocative stuff in here, gems both in form and function.

War, first, was an expression of feelings in ceremonial rites.


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As total social phenomenon taboos on incest cannot be explained as just economic. The principle opposes commercial exchange which seeks profit. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss To perceive the violence of human sexuality is to be sensuallity stirred. Curious and sometimes compelling, the book nevertheless feels unconnected to the lived experience of sexuality. Theorists usually don’t make me tear up; this is an atypical example of the tone but come on: Sovereign rulers personify the escape from the bounds of work as do criminals.

In moments of sexual intensity fear of loss of discontinuity death and pain are transcended, stimulating a sense of continuity.

He neither mentions nor acknowledges female sensuwlity, nor anything outside lawful relations. View a FREE sample. To investigate the similarities we must start with the inner life not, as psychiatrists do with the assumption of pathology in dwath experience they do not have.

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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baatille The lure of the forbidden and death lie at the core or mystical experience, the embrace of a peak experience with a fatal outcome drone e.

Sacred prostitution turns shame into ritual and transgression, shame becomes a way of accepting the taboo. K report fails to consider length of sex play which uses energy. I’d say skip this one.

The rest of the book discusses taboo, organized and sanctioned sanctified transgressions, and the ties to eroticism. Remember me on this computer. This book is a very useful resource for anyone seeking research on how eroticism links with death, either from a literary perspective or a psychological one. He’s at his best when doing a literary analysis of Marquis de Sade, and there he has some good insights. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality-Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.


They exist on the edge of awareness and Sade helps make the horrors of sacrifice more accessible, if only as aberrations and extensions of erotic impulses. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author begins this section with consideration of the famous Kinsey Reports.

So anguish at the heart of taboo. This section contains words approx.

Modern warfare is unsatisfying. One who speaks has broken out of solitude. War deeath when threshold of taboo on murder is crossed. Tags De SadeEmily BronteFrench writing in translationKinseyorganized warprostitutionthe erotic and deaththe erotic and sacrificethe erotic and sensualitythe erotic and the taboo. Without this effort philosophy sneers at philosophy falling into impotence and regrets. Cell division is not immortality: The overarching Freudian dogma that runs this book annoyed me, as well as the assumption that penetration is necessarily a submissive act for women.


We do not feel the immediacy of sacrifice, Christianity anti-law breaking in general. Christianity does find its religious core in treating continuity as divine essence, and does try to reduce everything to this continuity via violent boundless love.

Violence is organized in transgression of taboos.

Eroticism Georges Bataille Snippet view – An important touchstone for the author as he explores these issues is how Christianity has, over the centuries of its existence, played a defining role in the shaping and evolution of various taboos.