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Georges Bataille: Essential Writings
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Georges Bataille: Essential Writings



© 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Georges Bataille's work is an essential reference in any discussion of modernity and postmodernity. An important influence on Foucault, Derrida and post-structuralism, Bataille is a thinker of key significance. This volume makes a selection from the entire body of his academic work, showing how his thinking on sacrifice, eroticism, taboo and transgression, and the nature of identity inform his social theory.

Bataille - Essential Writings will be the standard introductory text to this profound and difficult thinker.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: COMING INTO BEING: THE CONTINUITY OF THE LIFE PROCESS
 
Birth and the Incomprehensible Wonder of Existence
 
Materiality
 
Sexual Differentiation and Otherness
 
Language
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL LIFE AND THE ORGANISATION OF SOCIETY
 
The Nature of Society
Social Bonding and Communication  
 
Religion and the Sacred
 
Taboo and Transgression
 
Expenditure and Sacrifice
 
Exchange and the Commodification of the Economy
 
PART THREE: HUMAN BECOMING
 
Work and Play
 
Sexual Attraction
Eroticism and the Urge towards Death  
 
Sickness and Laughter
 
Mastery and Servitude
 
Meditation and Inner Experience
 
PART FOUR: SOVEREIGNTY AND THE IMPOSSIBLE
 
Writing and Reading
Literature and Art  
 
Confrontations with the World
Knowing and Un-Knowing  
 
Sovereignty
 
Death
 
The Impossible

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