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Bataille, Georges 1897-1962

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Lascaux, or, The birth of art : prehistoric painting by Georges Bataille( Book )
94 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Manet; [biographical and critical study by Georges Bataille( Book )
70 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inner experience by Georges Bataille( Book )
104 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Erotism : death & sensuality by Georges Bataille( Book )
87 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The accursed share : an essay on general economy by Georges Bataille( Book )
108 editions published between 1949 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Most Anglo-American readers know Bataille as a novelist. The "Accursed Share "provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. Here he uses his unique economic theory as the basis for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille's theory develops the concept of excess: a civilization, he argues, reveals its order most clearly in the treatment of its surplus energy. The result is a brilliant blend of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that challenges both mainstream economics and ethnology. The three volumes of "The Accursed Share" address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: namely, if being useful means serving a further end, then the ultimate end of utility can only be uselessness. The first volume, the only one published before Bataille's death, treated this paradox in economic terms, showing that "it is not necessity but its contrary, luxury, that presents living matter and mankind with their fundamental problems." In the second and third volumes, "The History of Eroticism" and "Sovereignty", Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical perspective, respectively. "The History of Eroticism" analyzes the fears and fascination, the prohibitions and transgressions attached to the realm of eroticism as so many expressions of the "uselessness" of erotic life. In the third volume, Bataille raises the ethical problems of sovereignty, of "the independence of man relative to useful ends."
Blue of noon by Georges Bataille( Book )
128 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Story of the eye by Georges Bataille( Book )
97 editions published between 1928 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that 'the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing.' Bataille has been called a 'metaphysician of evil, ' specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Story of the Eye, written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each new generation. Most recently, the Icelandic pop singer Björk Guðdmundsdóttir cites Story of the Eye as a major inspiration: she made a music video that alludes to Bataille's erotic uses of eggs, and she plans to read an excerpt for an album. Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended."--Jacket
Theory of religion by Georges Bataille( Book )
65 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that religion is the search for lost intimacy, discusses its connection to the general economy, and examines the sacrifice of war
Literature and evil by Georges Bataille( Book )
36 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and German and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this collection of essays, first published in France in 1957, Bataille explores the value of evil as expressed in literature. He studies the work of Emily Brontë, Baudelaire, Blake, Michelet, Kafka, Proust, Genet̂ and de Sade
La littérature et le mal: Emily Bronte, Baudelaire, Michelet, Blake, Sade, Proust, Kafka, Genet by Georges Bataille( Book )
92 editions published between 1957 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La littérature est communication. La communication commande la loyauté : la morale rigoureuse est donnée dans cette vue à partir de complicités dans la connaissance du mal, qui fondent la communication intense
L'abbé C : a novel by Georges Bataille( Book )
67 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'érotisme by Georges Bataille( Book )
80 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On Nietzsche by Georges Bataille( Book )
20 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Hailed as "one of France's best minds" by Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille has become one of the most influential thinkers in America. Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Kristeva all acknowledge their debt to him." "For the first time translated into English, On Nietzsche is the third and last volume of Bataille's crowning achievement, The Atheological Summa, which includes the books Inner Experience and Guilty. Originally published in France in 1945, On Nietzsche comes as close as Bataille could ever come to formulating a system of his own - an "atheology."" "Nietzsche was a major influence on Bataille's life. In 1915, in a crisis of guilt after leaving his blind father in the hands of the Germans, Bataille converted to Catholicism. It was Nietzsche's work that led him to abandon Catholicism for an idiosyncratic form of godless mysticism. In this volume Bataille becomes, and goes beyond, Nietzsche, assuming Nietzsche's thought where he left off - with God's death. The heart of this book explores how one can have a spiritual life outside religion." "Throughout, Bataille argues against fascist interpretations of Nietzsche. He writes of Nietzsche's falling out with Richard Wagner and his disgust for German anti-Semitism. He lauds Nietzsche as a prophet foretelling "the crude German fate," and in the appendix Bataille defends himself against Sartre." "On Nietzsche is essentially a journal that brilliantly mixes observations with ruminations in fragments, aphorisms, poems, myths, quotations, and images against the background of the war and the German occupation. Bataille has a unique way of moving breezily from abstraction to confession, and from theology to eroticism, skillfully weaving together his own internal experience of anguish with the war and the destruction raging outside. This volume reconfirms Michel Foucault's words: "[Bataille] broke with traditional narrative to tell us what has never been told before.""--Jacket
The absence of myth : writings on surrealism by Georges Bataille( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'Surrealism', wrote Georges Bataille in 1945, 'has from the start given consistency to a "morality of revolt" and its most important contribution - important perhaps even in the political realm - is to have remained, in matters of morality, a revolution.'. For Bataille, 'the absence of myth' had itself become the myth of the modern age. In a world that had 'lost the secret of its cohesion', Bataille saw surrealism as both a symptom and the beginning of an attempt to address this loss. His writings on this theme - which he had hoped to assemble into a book and which are published here for the first time - mostly date from the immediate postwar period, and are the result of profound reflection in the wake of World War Two. In one respect they represent preliminary notes for his later work, especially for The Accursed Share and Theory of Religion. But many of the issues raised were never taken up again; therefore they offer a fresh perspective on his thinking at a decisive time. Together, these texts also comprise perhaps the most incisive study yet made of surrealism, insisting on its importance as a cultural and social phenomenon with far-reaching consequences. They clarify Bataille's links with the surrealist movement, and throw revealing light on his complex and greatly misunderstood relationship with Andre Breton. Above all, The Absence of Myth shows Bataille to be a much more radical figure than his postmodernist devotees would have us believe: a man who continually tried to extend Marxist social theory; a pessimistic thinker, but one as far removed from nihilism as can be
Œuvres complètes by Georges Bataille( Book )
44 editions published between 1970 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Complete works of the author in a series of volumes
The impossible by Georges Bataille( Book )
44 editions published between 1947 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Enth.: Histoire de rats ; Dianus ; L'Orestie
The cradle of humanity : prehistoric art and culture by Georges Bataille( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture collects Georges Bataille's essays and lectures spanning thirty years of his research in anthropology, comparative religion, aesthetics, and philosophy. These were neither idle nor idyllic years; the discovery of Lascaux in 1940 coincides with the bloodiest war in history - with new machines of death, Auschwitz, and Hiroshima. Bataille's reflections on the possible origins of humanity concur with the intensified threat of its possible extinction." "For Bataille, prehistory is universal history; it is the history of a human community prior to its fall into separation, into nations and races. The art of prehistory offers the earliest traces of nascent yet fully human consciousness - of consciousness not yet fully separated from natural flora and fauna nor from the energetic forces of the universe. A play of identities, the art of prehistory is the art of a consciousness struggling against itself, of a human spirit struggling against brute animal physicality. Prehistory is the cradle of humanity, the birth of tragedy." "Bataille reaches beyond disciplinary specializations to imagine a moment when thought was universal. Bataille's work provides a model for interdisciplinary inquiry in our own day, a universal imagination and thought for our own potential community. The Cradle of Humanity speaks to philosophers and historians of thought, to anthropologists interested in the history of their discipline and in new methodologies, to theologians and religious comparatists interested in the origins and nature of man's encounter with the sacred, and to art historians and aestheticians grappling with the place of prehistory in the canons of art."--BOOK JACKET
Le procès de Gilles de Rais; les documents by Georges Bataille( Book )
68 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"- Gilles de Rais doit sa gloire à ses crimes. Mais fut-il, comme on l'affirma, le plus abject des criminels de tous les temps ? En principe, cette affirmation hasardée est peu soutenable. Le crime est le fait de l'espèce humaine, il est même le fait de cette seule espèce, mais il est surtout l'aspect secret, l'aspect impénétrable et dérobé. Le crime se cache, et ce qui nous échappe est le plus affreux. dans la nuit qu'il propose à notre peur, nous sommes tenus d'imaginer le pire. Le pire est toujours possible ; et même, du crime, le pire est le sens dernier
Les larmes d'Éros by Georges Bataille( Book )
55 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in French and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes Lettres inédites de G. Bataille
The Bataille reader by Georges Bataille( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Audience level: 0.56 (from 0.35 for Manet; [bi ... to 0.87 for Les larmes ...)
Alternative Names
Angélique, Pierre.
Angélique Pierre 1897-1962
Auch 1897-1962 Lord
Auch Lord
Auch Lord 1897-1962
Bataille, G. (Georges), 1897-1962.
Bataille, George
Bataille, Georges
Bataiyu, G.
Bataiyu, G. 1897-1962
Bataiyu, Joruju
Bataiyu, Joruju 1897-1962
Bataj, Žorž 1897-1962
Bataye, Qiaozhi, 1897-1962
Batāyī, Ǧūrǧ 1897-1962
George Bataille
Georges Bataille
Lord Auch.
Lord Auch 1897-1962
Trente, Louis.
Trente Louis 1897-1962
Батай, Жорж, 1897-1962
בטאיי, ז׳ורז׳ 1897-1962
בטאיי, ז'ורז', 1897-1962
アンジェリック, ピエール
バタイユ, G
バタイユ, ジョルジュ
乔治・巴塔耶, 1897-1962
巴塔耶, 乔治, 1897-1962
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