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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Outline of Georges Bataille “Erotism: Death and Sensuality” | Philip Turetzky –

Kinsey, the Underworld and Work A Eroticism is an experience that cannot be assessed from outside in the way an object can: Silence cannot eliminate violence, but reason denies it and it derides talk about it. He wavers as to whether even this bataiille eroticism is disgusting or not, but reaches no final verdict. It’s what we discontinuous beings want from sex, but our primordial emergence from animal to human marks the change from nature to culture.

Extreme states can never be subjected to calm reflection.

Sacrificial victims are chosen for their perfection. He is actually a great writer but I haven’t yet read him writing greatly.

Sovereign rulers personify the escape from the bounds of work as do criminals. De Sade and the normal man. In general human life strives to excess to the point of anguish unbearable.

The religious seem bent on proving that fear of sexuality was not the source of the Christian practice of continence. Absolute solitude is condition for sovereignty. Although sex and sexuality in themselves are amoral — Bataille makes use of a moral perspective in his study of the connection between eroticism and death.


An interesting thought which is sometimes not supported so well by the dated s anthropological research he uses to back up his argument. J The essence of humanity is to be found in the taboo on incest and the gift of women resulting from it: Christianity rejected pagans accepted impure aspects of the sacred which were driven into the profane.

A man enters the dance because the dance makes him dance. The attitude of normality cannot grasp the ambiguity of the sacred or take its horrors seriously. Taboos meant to deny our animal side quarantine both sex and death so that we can get work done.

Can human being totally avoid excise the denial of reasonand utility or is this negation essential to our being? Earlier texts such as GuiltyInner Experience and On Nietzsche are to say the least challenging, even to the most sympathetic readers.

Nov 03, Stephen Bird rated it it was amazing. French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the “metaphysician of evil.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality

Also the eroism he criticized the Kinsey reports and how they observed human sexuality. There are moments when transgression is unthinkable and those when the erotic completely overturns the law. Jul 25, Dusty Hope added it. That said, in only several months time Bataille has become enormously important to me.


He’s at his best when doing a literary analysis of Marquis de Sade, and there he has some good insights. Oct 25, Mark rated it it was ok Eortism Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. There is in the momentary vertigo an instant of anguish.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality by Georges Bataille

Accepting violence is vertiginous. Modern warfare is unsatisfying.

War, first, was an abtaille of feelings in ceremonial rites. E The distinction between ritual and calculated forms of war: Transgressions open to violence and animal, cave paintings seldom depict humans or hide them in animal masks signs of shame? This Sadean doctrine leads the way to an understanding of the paradox of transgression and taboo, by making it possible to want to know that which most repels us. This is OK if it opposes eroticism, but such opposition is not justified and so neither is scientific attitude in studying eroticism.

Mar 08, Robert Costic rated it it was ok. 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.