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Bataille
     

Bataille

by Fred Botting, Scott Wilson
 

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One of the most profound thinkers of the twentieth century, Georges Bataille has only recently come to prominence in the Anglophone academy, partly through the influence of post-structuralism. Once seen as no more than a philosopher of eroticism and a writer of avant-garde pornography, Bataille is emerging as an absolutely central figure to discussions of culture,

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One of the most profound thinkers of the twentieth century, Georges Bataille has only recently come to prominence in the Anglophone academy, partly through the influence of post-structuralism. Once seen as no more than a philosopher of eroticism and a writer of avant-garde pornography, Bataille is emerging as an absolutely central figure to discussions of culture, economy, subjectivity and difference.

Bataille is the first volume of its kind to offer lucid, diverse and relevant examples of the ways of reading literary and cultural texts in the light of Bataille's work. The essays explore the significance of Bataillean notions like heterology, general economy, transgression and eroticism, through detailed readings of Shakespearean, Elizabethan and Jacobean literature; in analyses of Gothic and postmodern fiction; and in critiques of popular culture, rock music and Hollywood movies. In order to make Bataillean notions more comprehensible to contemporary readers, his concepts are situated in relation to the ideas of renowned critical and cultural theorists like Baudrillard, Deleuze, Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, as well as Hegel, Freud, Nietzsche and Marx. Here the influence of Bataille is outlined in intellectual and historical terms and the significance of his work can be seen for both contemporary and futural modes of cultural analysis.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333914618
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Transitions Series
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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'More than a book 'on' Bataille; this is a book almost 'by' Bataille. It describes and enacts Bataille's workings, ranging from Petrarch to Sidney to Lacan, from Shakespeare to 'Twin Peaks'; and it does so with brio, verve and humour. Bataille was very well-read - and he is himself well-read bu Botting and Wilson here.' - Thomas Docherty, University of Kent at Canterbury

'Fred Botting's and Scott Wilson's Bataille answers the question every student of the twenty first century should be asking: why Bataille - now?' - Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida

Meet the Author

FRED BOTTING is Professor of English at Keele University.

SCOTT WILSON is Director for the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University.

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