Georges Bataille Key Concepts by Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen

By Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen

Georges Bataille (1897 - 1962) was once a thinker, author, and literary critic whose paintings has had an important impression throughout disciplines as varied as philosophy, sociology, economics, paintings heritage and literary feedback, in addition to influencing key figures in post-modernist and post-structuralist philosophy akin to Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. in recent times, the variety of works released on Georges Bataille, in addition to the diversity of contexts within which his paintings is invoked, has markedly increased.

In Georges Bataille: Key innovations a world staff of members supply an obtainable creation to and survey of Bataille's notion. The editors’ creation offers an outline of Bataille’s paintings, whereas the chapters within the first part disguise the social, political, inventive and philosophical contexts that formed his proposal. within the moment half, each one bankruptcy engages with a key subject matter in Bataille’s philosophy, together with: paintings, eroticism, evil, internal adventure, heterology, faith, sacrifice, and sovereignty. the ultimate bankruptcy addresses Bataille’s literary writings.

Georges Bataille: Key thoughts is a useful consultant for college students from around the Humanities and Social Sciences, coming to Bataille’s paintings for the 1st time.

Contributors: Giulia Agostini, Elisabeth Arnould-Bloomfield, Tiina Arppe, Marcus Coelen, Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Patrick ffrench, Marina Galletti, Nadine Hartmann, Mark Hewson, Andrew Hussey, Stuart Kendall, Claire Nioche, Gerhard Poppenberg, and Michèle Richman.

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He is Director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies, University of London. He has written extensively in French and English on Georges Bataille and Guy Debord. His latest book is called The French Intifada (2014). He is currently working on a book called The Art of Heroin: A Cultural History of the Hardest Drug. Stuart Kendall is a writer, editor, and translator working at the intersections of modern and contemporary poetics, visual culture, and design. He is the author of a biography of Georges Bataille and translator of six volumes of Bataille’s work including Inner Experience, Guilty, and On Nietzsche.

The history of this social experiment has long been surrounded with a nimbus of mystery and legend, and the precise nature of the activities will likely remain a subject of speculation. It may be, however, that the rumours of strange rituals (which some have largely dismissed, however: see Bischof, 2010), have distracted attention from the thought, which is documented in the texts published in the journal Acéphale (1936–1939), as well as other texts published by Bataille at the time, most of which are available in English (in Visions of Excess and October 36, or in the third section of Inner Experience).

The re-discovery of some of the texts from this period, notably the collation of the lectures from the College of Sociology by Denis Hollier, and the partial re-constitution of the Acéphale experiment affects the reading of his entire work. To begin with, it allows one to read the books written during the war – Inner Experience (1941), Guilty (1943) and On Nietzsche (1944) – with an eye for the traces of the intellectual itinerary that precedes them, and to consider to what extent they are its continuation under new circumstances.

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