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Bataille, Georges 1897-1962

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Most widely held works by Georges Bataille
Erotism : death & sensuality by Georges Bataille( Book )

231 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 1,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lascaux; or, The birth of art: prehistoric painting by Georges Bataille( Book )

100 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and evil by Georges Bataille( Book )

169 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in 13 languages and held by 1,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays, first published in France in 1957, Bataille explores the value of evil as expressed in literature. He studies the work of Emily Brontë, Baudelaire, Blake, Michelet, Kafka, Proust, Genet̂ and de Sade
Manet; [biographical and critical study by Georges Bataille( Book )

74 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The accursed share : an essay on general economy by Georges Bataille( Book )

122 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most Anglo-American readers know Bataille as a novelist. The "Accursed Share "provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. Here he uses his unique economic theory as the basis for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille's theory develops the concept of excess: a civilization, he argues, reveals its order most clearly in the treatment of its surplus energy. The result is a brilliant blend of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that challenges both mainstream economics and ethnology. The three volumes of "The Accursed Share" address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: namely, if being useful means serving a further end, then the ultimate end of utility can only be uselessness. The first volume, the only one published before Bataille's death, treated this paradox in economic terms, showing that "it is not necessity but its contrary, luxury, that presents living matter and mankind with their fundamental problems." In the second and third volumes, "The History of Eroticism" and "Sovereignty", Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical perspective, respectively. "The History of Eroticism" analyzes the fears and fascination, the prohibitions and transgressions attached to the realm of eroticism as so many expressions of the "uselessness" of erotic life. In the third volume, Bataille raises the ethical problems of sovereignty, of "the independence of man relative to useful ends."
Blue of noon by Georges Bataille( Book )

146 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the eye by Georges Bataille( Book )

137 editions published between 1928 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that 'the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing.' Bataille has been called a 'metaphysician of evil, ' specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Story of the Eye, written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each new generation. Most recently, the Icelandic pop singer Björk Gudmundsdóttir cites Story of the Eye as a major inspiration: she made a music video that alludes to Bataille's erotic uses of eggs, and she plans to read an excerpt for an album. Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended."--Jacket
Inner experience by Georges Bataille( Book )

108 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filosofisch essay van de Franse auteur (1897-1962) over een niet-religieuze vorm van mystiek
Theory of religion by Georges Bataille( Book )

70 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that religion is the search for lost intimacy, discusses its connection to the general economy, and examines the sacrifice of war
Œuvres complètes by Georges Bataille( Book )

61 editions published between 1959 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keuze uit het werk van de Franse filosoof (1897-1962)
The tears of Eros by Georges Bataille( Book )

100 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes Lettres inédites de G. Bataille
L'abbé C : a novel by Georges Bataille( Book )

71 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille( Book )

75 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"- Gilles de Rais doit sa gloire à ses crimes. Mais fut-il, comme on l'affirma, le plus abject des criminels de tous les temps ? En principe, cette affirmation hasardée est peu soutenable. Le crime est le fait de l'espèce humaine, il est même le fait de cette seule espèce, mais il est surtout l'aspect secret, l'aspect impénétrable et dérobé. Le crime se cache, et ce qui nous échappe est le plus affreux. dans la nuit qu'il propose à notre peur, nous sommes tenus d'imaginer le pire. Le pire est toujours possible ; et même, du crime, le pire est le sens dernier
The absence of myth : writings on surrealism by Georges Bataille( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Surrealism', wrote Georges Bataille in 1945, 'has from the start given consistency to a "morality of revolt" and its most important contribution - important perhaps even in the political realm - is to have remained, in matters of morality, a revolution.'. For Bataille, 'the absence of myth' had itself become the myth of the modern age. In a world that had 'lost the secret of its cohesion', Bataille saw surrealism as both a symptom and the beginning of an attempt to address this loss. His writings on this theme - which he had hoped to assemble into a book and which are published here for the first time - mostly date from the immediate postwar period, and are the result of profound reflection in the wake of World War Two. In one respect they represent preliminary notes for his later work, especially for The Accursed Share and Theory of Religion. But many of the issues raised were never taken up again; therefore they offer a fresh perspective on his thinking at a decisive time. Together, these texts also comprise perhaps the most incisive study yet made of surrealism, insisting on its importance as a cultural and social phenomenon with far-reaching consequences. They clarify Bataille's links with the surrealist movement, and throw revealing light on his complex and greatly misunderstood relationship with Andre Breton. Above all, The Absence of Myth shows Bataille to be a much more radical figure than his postmodernist devotees would have us believe: a man who continually tried to extend Marxist social theory; a pessimistic thinker, but one as far removed from nihilism as can be
The impossible by Georges Bataille( Book )

54 editions published between 1900 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enth.: Histoire de rats ; Dianus ; L'Orestie
On Nietzsche by Georges Bataille( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hailed as "one of France's best minds" by Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille has become one of the most influential thinkers in America. Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Kristeva all acknowledge their debt to him." "For the first time translated into English, On Nietzsche is the third and last volume of Bataille's crowning achievement, The Atheological Summa, which includes the books Inner Experience and Guilty. Originally published in France in 1945, On Nietzsche comes as close as Bataille could ever come to formulating a system of his own - an "atheology."" "Nietzsche was a major influence on Bataille's life. In 1915, in a crisis of guilt after leaving his blind father in the hands of the Germans, Bataille converted to Catholicism. It was Nietzsche's work that led him to abandon Catholicism for an idiosyncratic form of godless mysticism. In this volume Bataille becomes, and goes beyond, Nietzsche, assuming Nietzsche's thought where he left off - with God's death. The heart of this book explores how one can have a spiritual life outside religion." "Throughout, Bataille argues against fascist interpretations of Nietzsche. He writes of Nietzsche's falling out with Richard Wagner and his disgust for German anti-Semitism. He lauds Nietzsche as a prophet foretelling "the crude German fate," and in the appendix Bataille defends himself against Sartre." "On Nietzsche is essentially a journal that brilliantly mixes observations with ruminations in fragments, aphorisms, poems, myths, quotations, and images against the background of the war and the German occupation. Bataille has a unique way of moving breezily from abstraction to confession, and from theology to eroticism, skillfully weaving together his own internal experience of anguish with the war and the destruction raging outside. This volume reconfirms Michel Foucault's words: "[Bataille] broke with traditional narrative to tell us what has never been told before.""--Jacket
My mother ; Madame Edwarda ; and, the dead man by Georges Bataille( Book )

81 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een moeder wil haar zoon tot diepste verdorvenheid leiden en organiseert daartoe extreme orgieën
The cradle of humanity : prehistoric art and culture by Georges Bataille( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture collects Georges Bataille's essays and lectures spanning thirty years of his research in anthropology, comparative religion, aesthetics, and philosophy. These were neither idle nor idyllic years; the discovery of Lascaux in 1940 coincides with the bloodiest war in history - with new machines of death, Auschwitz, and Hiroshima. Bataille's reflections on the possible origins of humanity concur with the intensified threat of its possible extinction." "For Bataille, prehistory is universal history; it is the history of a human community prior to its fall into separation, into nations and races. The art of prehistory offers the earliest traces of nascent yet fully human consciousness - of consciousness not yet fully separated from natural flora and fauna nor from the energetic forces of the universe. A play of identities, the art of prehistory is the art of a consciousness struggling against itself, of a human spirit struggling against brute animal physicality. Prehistory is the cradle of humanity, the birth of tragedy." "Bataille reaches beyond disciplinary specializations to imagine a moment when thought was universal. Bataille's work provides a model for interdisciplinary inquiry in our own day, a universal imagination and thought for our own potential community. The Cradle of Humanity speaks to philosophers and historians of thought, to anthropologists interested in the history of their discipline and in new methodologies, to theologians and religious comparatists interested in the origins and nature of man's encounter with the sacred, and to art historians and aestheticians grappling with the place of prehistory in the canons of art."--Jacket
Guilty by Georges Bataille( Book )

27 editions published between 1944 and 2011 in French and English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty is a searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship. It takes the form of a diary, recording the earliest days of World War II and the Nazi occupation of France, but this is no ordinary day book: it records the authorʹs journey through a war-torn world without transcendence. Batailleʹs spiritual journey is also an intellectual one, a trip with Hegel, Kierkegaard, Blake, Baudelaire, and Nietzsche as his companions. And it is a school of the flesh wherein eroticism and mysticism are fused in a passionate search for pure immanence. -- from (Jan. 22, 2014)
The Bataille reader by Georges Bataille( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The accursed share : an essay on general economy
Alternative Names
Anglique, Pierre.

Anglique, Pierre 1897-1962

Auch 1897-1962 Lord

Auch Lord

Auch Lord 1897-1962

Bataille, G. (Georges), 1897-1962.

Bataille, George

Bataille, Georges

Bataiyu, G.

Bataiyu, G. 1897-1962

Bataiyu, Joruju

Bataiyu, Joruju 1897-1962

Bataj, Žorž 1897-1962

Bataye, Qiaozhi, 1897-1962

Batāyī, Ǧūrǧ 1897-1962

George Bataille

Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille Frans filosoof

Georges Bataille franzsischer Schriftsteller, Soziologe und Philosoph

Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure

Georges Bataille scrittore, antropologo e filosofo francese

Georgius Bataille

Lord Auch.

Lord Auch 1897-1962

Trente, Louis.

Trente Louis 1897-1962


Ƶorƶ Bataj

Батай, Жорж, 1897-1962

Жорж Батай французский философ и писатель

בטאיי, ז׳ורז׳

בטאיי, ז׳ורז׳ 1897-1962

בטאיי, ז'ורז', 1897-1962

جورج باطاي

ژرژ باتای

조르주 바타이유


バタイユ, G

バタイユ, ジョルジュ

乔治・巴塔耶, 1897-1962


巴塔耶, 乔治, 1897-1962

Literature and evilThe accursed share : an essay on general economyBlue of noonStory of the eyeInner experienceTheory of religionŒuvres complètesThe tears of Eros