The Bataille Reader / Edition 1

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Since the publication in France of his Oeuvres Completes in the mid-1970s, the breadth of Bataille's writing and influence has become increasingly apparent across the disciplines in, for example, the fields of literature, art, art history, philosophy, critical theory, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

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"Bataille: A Critical Reader is a careful selection of some of the best and most interesting critical work on this elusive and often obscure thinker." University of Sussex
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631199595
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/17/1997
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,271,845
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Botting and Scott Wilson both teach in the Department of English at Lancaster University. They are co-editors of George Bataille: A Critical Reader (1997). Fred Bottings publications include Gothic (1996). Scott Wilson is the author of Cultural Materialism: Theory and Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 1995).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: From Experience to Economy.

Part I: Inner Experience: .

1. Chance.

2. Guilt.

3. Laughter.

4. The Torment.

5. Christ.

6. Love.

7. Life.

8. Poetry.

9. Autobiographical Note.

Part II: Heterology:.

10. Program (Relative to Ac├ęphale).

11. The Psychological Structure of Fascism.

12. The Use-Value of D. A. F. de Sade.

13. Base Materialism and Gnosticism.

Part III: General Economy:.

14. The Notion of Expenditure.

15. The Meaning of General Economy.

16. Laws of General Economy.

17. The Gift of Rivalry.

18. Sacrifice, the Festival and the Principles of the Sacred World.

Part IV: Eroticism:.

19. Mme Edwarda.

20. Preface to the History of Eroticism.

21. Death.

22. The Festival, or the Transgression of Prohibitions.

23. The Phaedra Complex.

24. Desire Horrified at Losing and at Losing Oneself.

25. The Object of Desire and the Totality of the Real.

26. Epilogue to the History of Eroticism.

Part V: Sovereignty:.

27. To Whom.

28. Hegel, Death and Sacrifice.

29. Letter to X.

30. Knowledge of Sovereignty.

31. The Schema of Sovereignty.

32. Un-knowing and its Consequences.

33. Un-knowing and Rebellion.

34. On Nietzsche: The Will to Chance.



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