Routledge, 1994 - 148 pages
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 individual's 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.
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Review: Essential Writings (Published in association w/Theory, Culture & Society)User Review - Daniel - Goodreads
A superb introduction to a vast body of ideas. Richardson, I think introduces key Bataillean ideas, such as transgression and sovereignty, with hardly any confusion. Each section is accompanied by ... Read full review