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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Transgression in Marriage and in Orgy A Marriage seen as a transgression and the right of entry: In the end we want the honor of annihilation and yet regard it as impossible, a luxury of torment. B The sacred nature of sexuality and the sexual qualities said to characterize the mystic life: This is altered in Christianity the passion is not a deliberate transgression B The ancient comparison of sacrifice and erotic intercourse: One who speaks has broken out of solitude.

As remote as we can: D The flesh, decency and the taboo on sexual freedom: In general distance from taboo evokes degradation.

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No, that’s not bataiole true. This transgression generates eroticism. Bataille looks in the taboo and finds pleasure. A preface to Madame Edwarda. Sacred prostitution turns shame into ritual and transgression, shame becomes a way of accepting the taboo. The attraction of obscenity for outsiders paradoxically gives greater point to sexuality. This is a window into sexual practice less ossified by bloated post industrial cultures.

Erotic excess expends and is the opposite of work which accumulates. Christianity thought access to the sacred evil and evil profane. Hence my claim that Eroticism is a difficult text despite its deceptively straightforward and conversational tone.

Still we will always crave that return to continuity, the world of language and exchange insufficient for inner experience to fuse in continuity with The Other. The material advantages of giving women in marriage include added wealth and varying diets. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or gataille activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental French abtaille, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the “metaphysician of evil.


Bataille died in Bataille represents the branch bataolle Surrealism that broke with the communist side of that movement after WWII.

The sacred intimates secret violence that is the spring of power, yet limited by the normal and profane. Earlier texts such as GuiltyInner Experience and On Nietzsche are to say the least challenging, even to the most sympathetic readers.

Yet greatest tension of movement toward death takes place at end of intelligent effort, but Bataille doubts whether such a state can be reached but only approached by calculation. I also think this might be a bad translation, since it often seems convoluted at the level 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 of the body through sex–despite some relatively modern psychological approaches to such things as orgasms and taboos.

G Sensuality, tenderness and love: Objectivity sees Religion and Erotic experience as monstrous, in Science taboos are seen as irrational but science depends on subject denying themselves to get at objects. Beauty also suggests the animal parts as mystery.

Kinsey report claims observation from the outside yet uses subjective reports, which are only objectified by erotisj application of method. Theorists usually don’t make me tear up; this is an atypical example of the tone but come on: Marriage is for the man who gives the woman he could have had. Nonetheless, I have truly enjoyed this book. D The awareness of eroticism, unlike that of external objects, belongs to a darker side; it leads to a silent awakening: Dec 12, Matthieu rated it really liked it.


Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythic Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, batille and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.

After reading the first essay I skimmed through one or two others before putting the book down altogether. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Rather his thought was simply too disruptive, and even when he was alive his mixed and virulent output had something of the character of an unburied corpse. Sexual display is followed bataillr feigned denial. But his programme is self-avowedly impossible.

Humans think of their discontinuity as the deepest part of their being. We participate and share in it, so it is not a thing. But Lacan is here, if you know where to look. It’s a great read, especially for aspiring writers, I think! People are things insofar as they belong to someone else, so dominate class is not treated as things.

Taboo limits killing to special occasions like sex. F Cruelty and organized war: The disorder of the animal world is always contrasted with human order, but how varies. Both push overall continuity to its limit, death appears where continuity appears and discontinuity disappears, only discontinuous beings die.

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Bataille mixes philosophy and anthropology to talk about eroticism, touching a wide range erotlsm subjects, from human sacrifice and cannibalism to the Christian notion of sin and that which is diabolical.

War requires rules, demarcating groups, declaration of hostilities, same qualities of feast days, fancy dress, etc. This transition should be considered as a whole: