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Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille

A Critical Introduction

Benjamin Noys

Series: Modern European Thinkers

eBook

$40.00

A guide to the life and work of the French intellectual Georges Bataille, best known as the author of the celebrated The Story of the Eye

This is a guide to the life and work of the French intellectual Georges Bataille, best known as the author of the celebrated erotic novel, The Story of the Eye. Benjamin Noys introduces Bataille as a writer out of step with the dominant intellectual trends of his day - surrealism and existentialism - and shows that it was his very marginality that accounted in large part for his subsequent importance for the post-structuralists and the counterculture, in Europe and in the United States.

Treating Bataille's work as a whole rather than focusing, as other studies have done, on aspects of his work (i.e. as social theory or philosophy), Noys' study is intended to be sensitive to the needs of students new to Bataille's work while at the same time drawing on the latest research on Bataille to offer new interpretations of Bataille's oeuvre for more experienced readers. This is the first clear, introductory reading of Bataille in English - challenging current reductive readings, and stressing the range of disciplines affected by Bataille's work, at a time when interest in Bataille is growing.

Benjamin Noys is Professor of Critical Theory at University College Chichester. He is a specialist on the cultural politics of critical theory and the author of Georges Bataille (Pluto Press, 2000), The Persistence of the Negative (Edinburgh University Press 2010) and Malign Velocities (Zero Books 2014).

'The most systematic work yet in English on Bataille ... Noy's study is unrivalled' - The Philosopher

'An accessible introduction to the work of the French intellectual Georges Bataille. Benjamin Noys introduces Bataille as a writer at odds with the dominant intellectual trends, surrealism and existentialism' - French Book News

Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Subversive Image
2. Inner Experience
3. Sovereignty
4. The Tears of Eros
5. The Accursed Share
Conclusion
Notes and References
Bibiliography
Index
Published by Pluto Press in May 2000
eBook ISBN: 9781783718368

176 pages

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