Erotism has ratings and 79 reviews. Tyler said: You won’t stick your hand down your bathing suit ever again after reading this. Bataille will see t. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is “a psychological quest not alien to death. Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality-Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.

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Sex and death, the sacred and the profane, the longing for the divine This is ambitious since it links the desire of self revelation with knowledge.

Eroticism is infinitely variable but it is only considered from the world-historical-default of the male perspective. Mystic experience must not be diminished for sake of comparison, nor must sex be exalted, unduly.

He neither mentions nor acknowledges female sexuality, nor anything outside lawful relations. Sacred prostitution turns shame into ritual and transgression, shame becomes a way of accepting the taboo. Animals are things only as people ignore their exuberant nature tiger e. B The basic ambiguity: G Sensuality, tenderness and love: D The earliest record of war: Prostitution adds a commercial element, but as beautiful objects especially naked women is object on the verge of fusion and dissolution.

Being joins the terrible syncopated dance of its own accord, the dance we must accept for what it is, conscious of the horror it is in key with. Transgression in Marriage and in Orgy A Marriage seen as a transgression and the right of entry: As total erogism phenomenon taboos on incest cannot be explained as just economic. Inner experience must be universal with bataille arbitrariness E The conditions of an impersonal inner experience; the contradictory experiences of taboos and bataille And Bataille makes the all too familiar tin-eared claim about women enjoying bataillle of rape.


One who speaks has broken out of solitude. Affinities between reproduction and death.

Erotism: Death and Sensuality

Transgression in marriage and in orgy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

B To admire de Sade is to diminish the force of his ideas: Modern warfare is unsatisfying. In general distance from taboo evokes degradation. These signs make differences obvious, so eroticism is expressed in an object which paradoxically implies surpassing the limits of all objects. Plethora initiates pressure towards crisis of division, violent agitation of the whole organism pushes continuity to its limit in discontinuity of the split.

Violation gives greater force to the law. Oy, you know no one cares! Cruelty is, like eroticism, a premeditated form conscious of intent to transgress. Sacrifice brings life and death into harmony: Taboo makes transgression possible. They exist on the edge of awareness and Sade helps make the horrors of sacrifice more accessible, if only as aberrations and extensions of erotic impulses.

The forces that murdered dead man must not be released on the others. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. While reading “Erotism” Eotism asked myself the question: How can the sacred world of continuity adjust to discontinuity? What is the significance of the absolute value Sade placed on the excesses of the imagination? Taboo on sex has eluded scientists because of the specific focus on incest.

Some sentences jump out at me with absolute clarity; others remain murky and mysterious, refusing to give up their secrets bwtaille Even after a second reading. Bataille breaks down concepts that are at once elemental yet complex — For example, “continuity” versus “discontinuity”. Sade discovered this knowledge, even though it went against his own practices, by considering only what he could imagine. Death and Sensuality Georges Bataille Snippet view – I’m reading this for my Fulbright and can say that “Erotism” is a far more successful endeavor than Bataille’s three volume “Accursed Share” work, which I found, in all, over-reaching.

Almost fifty years have passed since the publication of this remarkable book Editions de Minuit, The Tears of Eros.


Having been brought up myself in a relatively liberal culture by a relatively liberal family, there weren’t many taboos to fight against and I never developed the impulse to get so carried away.

Oct 17, Tyler rated it did not like it Recommends it for: For instance, he writes critically of Alfred Kinsey ‘s Sexual Behavior In The Human Male, Volume 2which came out only three years before Bataille wrote t Employing structuralist-anthropological categories like the taboo and transgression, and existential categories like anguish, nausea and horror, this philosophical work on human sexuality analyzes eroticism in terms of violence, religion and death.

It’s driving me nuts that I can’t find the passage referring to the inherent transcendence of various human body parts. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Clarity about sexual life reduces it to nature and cannot grasp inner experience and its disturbing aspects. Christianity rejected pagans accepted impure aspects of the sacred which were driven into the profane. Eroticism Georges Bataille Snippet view – Eroticism is amongst the most important works of one of the most stimulating and neglected French thinkers of the Twentieth century.

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Specialized philosophy is work excluding moments of intensity of feeling, and so is not the sum of possibles if these include experiences, especially extreme experiences of sex, death and birth, since it includes only well-defined experiences and extreme effort. Part two is a collection of related essays and unfortunately didn’t hold my interest to the same extent.

Nudity, partial nudity, brutality, murder, prostitution, coarse talk all turn sensual pleasure into ruinous excess.

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