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By Carolyn Bailey Gill

ISBN-10: 0203979575

ISBN-13: 9780203979570

ISBN-10: 0415101220

ISBN-13: 9780415101226

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Georges Bataille's strong writings have interested many readers, enmeshed as they're with the topics of intercourse and demise. His emotive discourse of extra, transgression, sacrifice, and the sacred has had a profound and impressive impression on thinkers similar to Foucault, Derrida and Kristeva. Bataille: Writing the Sacred examines the continued energy and impact of his paintings. the total quantity of Bataille's subversive and influential writings has purely been made on hand to an English-speaking viewers in recent times. by means of bringing jointly foreign experts on Bataille from philosophy and literature to paintings background, this assortment is ready to discover the various aspects of his writings.

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8 Bataille appeals to Bersani because he refuses ‘the culture of redemption’, a theory of sublimation that opposes the ‘high’ realm of the political to the ‘low’ realm of sex. Bersani offers a powerful reading of Le bleu du ciel, but his framework is more philosophical than historical (despite his essay’s title, ‘Literature and History’). He does not ignore the novel’s concern with politics, and comments perceptively on the closing scene of the marching Nazi youth observed by Troppmann. His conclusions, however, are phrased in general and somewhat abstract terms: For Bataille, a false perspective on Nazism gives an account of it… cut off from the desiring energies that produced it… In its avoidance of this reifying seriousness about History and Politics, Bataille’s art of vertiginous replications is designed to make us feel that we are already everywhere in history, and that an ethos of political engagement is grounded in the illusion that we have not produced the violence against which we struggle.

In short, the strength of lovers clearly signifies the inadequacy and even imposture of the politics in which, according to Sartre, the intellectual ought to participate: it is certainly not a question of achieving power, but of keeping as close as possible to the emotion which fills the individual and then overflows into society in its first moments. 12 Was ever an intellectual more demanding? ’ 2 Cf. Maurice Blanchot, ‘Les intellectuels en question. Ebauche d’une réflexion’, Le Débat, Paris, Gallimard, 29 March, 1984.

He does so after having described the Communist ideal to which he seems to subscribe: Communism aims to restore man to himself as against capitalism which alienates him. In that, it is not wrong to say that it is in the service of sovereignty, and that it works towards the whole man. The workers’ movements which rally to the cause of Communism aptly express the ‘taste for living without delay’ (OC, VII, 145) which characterizes the sovereign. So it is clear that Bataille feels consistent in declaring his interest for Communism.

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