Erotism: Death and Sensuality [Georges Bataille, Mary Dalwood] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and. Georges Bataille Everywhere, Eroticism argues, sex is surrounded by taboos, which we must continually transgress in order to overcome the. 1 Erotism: Death and Sensuality: by Georges Bataille Outline by Philip Turetzky, [email protected] Part One: TABOO AND TRANSGRESSION Introduction.

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The bureaucracy of civilization after a certain stage advances our sense of futurity to the point of stymying an authentic continuity with delirious thanatropic underpinning of erotic experience.

So everyone dies of murder. Bataille somehow, fitting in expositions of human sacrifice, sexual violence, incest, and all other kinds of assorted weird ass shit, manages to paint the most beautiful and lascivious portrait of the night one could ever hope for while ultimately reminding us of the necessity of that ray of light of human consciousness for us to e The whole thing is a wonderful and blasphemous!

Specialized philosophy is work excluding moments of intensity of feeling, and so is not the sum of possibles if these include experiences, especially extreme experiences of sex, death and birth, since it includes only well-defined experiences and extreme effort. Well, although I found tidbits of interest herein, I did not c Oh, those French! So they deliberately broke the law.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality

It is not our habits or their disruptions which make us human, Bataille contends, for animals seem to exhibit as much: Students of Intellectual History. Cannibals know that this is forbidden and sacred and the very prohibition incites, the desire, creates it.


Beauty and trauma all around. Hunting takes on the significance of religious violation, so hunters need to be purified. Transgression came before the fall not as an element of the sacred. In fact, most of his discussion His ideas are thought-provoking but ultimately ridiculous.

Some sentences jump out at me with absolute clarity; others remain murky and mysterious, refusing to give up their secrets — Even after a second reading.

These extremes exist within a constant flux of circumstances. Bataille breaks down concepts that are at once elemental yet complex — For example, “continuity” versus “discontinuity”. Destruction of useful has prestige value. Eroticism is a domain of taboo and its transgression: Reading the cover blurb and looking at the table of contents I went on to formulate an expectation of finally finding out where people like deSade were coming from–a mystery since I covertly first read Dad’s Grove Press edition in early adolescence.

This elevates the victim above the ordinary customs and turns that order on its head.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality – Wikipedia

Theorists usually don’t make me tear up; this is an atypical example of the tone but come on: Enter the most annoying pitfall of amateur theory: Taboos are a litigal-religious necessity for policing the boundaries of violence, ugliness, decay, excrement and crucially death. Subjectively the transition from animal to human is marked by nausea.


Bataille has been referred to as the “metaphysician of evil”, a moniker that I find to be sensational. Sacrificial victims are chosen for their perfection.

Why read the relatively obscure Bataille now?

C Solitude in prison and the terrifying truth of an imaginary moment of success: Can human being totally avoid excise the denial of reasonand utility or is this negation essential to our being?

Mystic denies erorism ego that would lapse into temptation for the sake of the calculated advantage of the 2nd self discerned by intellect.

Sexual exuberance leads away from awareness and is incompatible with work which heightens awareness of objects. Sacrifice brings life and death into harmony: Tags De SadeEmily BronteFrench writing in translationKinseyorganized warprostitutionthe erotic and deaththe erotic and sacrificethe erotic and sensualitythe erotic and the taboo.

Human experience is distant from objective realities of reproduction, e. Taboos related to reproduction.

Earlier texts such as GuiltyInner Experience and On Nietzsche are to say the least challenging, even to the most sympathetic readers.

And there is some really delicate, nice stuff in the beginning of this book, as he’s establishing the main theme man’s desperate, paradoxical quest for continuity in his pitiful, limited existence as realized through biological, spiritual and cultural attitudes and behaviors around sex and sex-related stuffs.