Georges Bataille: XD-US. ...

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Routledge, 1994 - 148 pages
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This is the first book in English to offer an accessible introduction to the work of Georges Bataille, recognized as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Bataille developed a complex philosophy based upon an examination of the interplay between death and eroticism. For him, eroticism was the foundation of human experience and provided sharp insight into the basis of human society and the individuals response to society. The theories of Bataille, although largely neglected during his lifetime, have grown in influence during the last 30 years-first in France and more recently in Britain and the US, where they have often been associated with the rise of post-structuralism and postmodernism. Although most of Batailles works have now been translated into English, there has been little accessible critical commentary on his work. Often misunderstood and conflated too readily with postmodernism, Bataille is a far more multifaceted thinker who cannot easily be categorized. Thisbook seeks to both identify the essential qualities of Batailles work and to critically examine the concepts he uses. Written with both clarity and precision, Georges Bataille is a superb analysis of the intellectual roots of modern social theory and as such represents a major contribution to the historical and analytical development of postmodernism.

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User Review  - lou - Goodreads

An amazing look at Bataille's life, philosophy and writings. I picked this up by happenstance out at a little bookstore on Moody Street in Waltham and am so glad I read it. I totally understand the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

As the desciption apty states this is the first real biographical account of Bataille in english and as such is a good general overview. It has recently been superceeded by the outstanding book ... Read full review

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