Bataille, Georges Erotism: Death and Sensuality
San Francisco City Lights 1986 0872861902 / 9780872861909 First City Lights Edition Paperback Like New
City Lights, 1986. First City Lights Edition. Softcover; 276 pages, plus bibliography and index. No marks or writing to book. Covers glossy and clean. As new.
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." " . . . one of the most original and unsettling of those thinkers who, in the wake of Sade and Nietzsche, have confronted the possibility of thought in a world that has lost its myth of transcendence."--Peter Brooks, New York Times Book Review "Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."--Michel Foucault "[An] urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille."--Mark Price, Philosophy Now Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works including The Impossible, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.
Part one: Eroticism in inner experience -- The link between taboos and death -- Taboos related to reproduction -- Affinities between reproduction and death transgression -- Murder, hunting and war -- Murder and sacrifice -- From religious sacrifice to eroticism -- Sexual plethora and death -- Transgression in marriage and in orgy christianity -- The object of desire: prostitution -- Beauty -- Part two: Kinsey, the underworld and work -- De sade's sovereign man -- De sade and the normal man -- The enigma of incest -- Mysticism and sensuality -- Sanctity, eroticism and solitudde -- A preface to "Madame Edwarda."