Bataille

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Bataille is the first book of its kind—a lucid guide to reading literary and cultural texts in the light of George Bataille's work. It explores the significance of Bataillean notions such as heterology, transgression, and eroticism through detailed readings of Shakespeare and early modern literature, Gothic and postmodernist fiction, and popular movies. Bataillean concepts are situated in relation to the ideas of Lacan, Derrida, Kristeva, Baudrillard, and Deleuze, and the the significance for both contemporary ...

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Overview

Bataille is the first book of its kind—a lucid guide to reading literary and cultural texts in the light of George Bataille's work. It explores the significance of Bataillean notions such as heterology, transgression, and eroticism through detailed readings of Shakespeare and early modern literature, Gothic and postmodernist fiction, and popular movies. Bataillean concepts are situated in relation to the ideas of Lacan, Derrida, Kristeva, Baudrillard, and Deleuze, and the the significance for both contemporary and futural modes of cultural analysis is explored.

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"Answers the question every student of the twenty first century should be asking: why Bataille—now?" —Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida
Gregory Ulmer
Answers the question every student of the twenty first century should be asking: why Bataille-now?
Booknews
Botting and Wilson reprint some articles and present some new ones on French librarian, writer, and critic Georges Bataille (1897-1962), who is closely associated with post-structuralism. In sections on literature, economy, and culture, they consider such aspects as sovereign abjections, between Lacan and Derrida, and the psychological structure of utopia. Four bibliographies alert readers to resources in English, which are just becoming widely available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333914618
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Transitions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Botting is Professor of English, University of Keele.

Scott Wilson is Director of the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University.

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Table of Contents

Literature
• W(h)ither Theory (?)
• Writing, Heterology, Inner Experience
• Sovereign Abjection
Economy
• Between Lacan and Derrida
• From Caesar to Acéphale
• Pow Pow Pow
Culture
• Signs of Evil
• Whore-text
• The Psychological Structure of Utopia
• Bibliography of works cited
• Bibliography of Bataille in English
• Annotated bibliography of critical works
• Index

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