The Beast at Heaven's Gate: Georges Bataille and the Art of Transgression

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Andrew Hussey
Rodopi, Jan 1, 2006 - Literary Collections - 156 pages
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The essays in this collection were originally given at the international colloquiumCent Ans de Bataille: La Bataille de Cent Ans held at the Fondació Tàpies in Barcelona in September 1998. They are written from a variety of perspectives but are drawn together by the singular aim of addressing and interrogating Georges Bataille as our contemporary whose fascination with the rupture between mythical and experimental forms of discourse defines our own age as much as it did in Bataille's own time.More precisely, the essays in this collection range over Bataille's status as a novelist, a poet, an art critic, a philosopher and a prophet of post-modernity with this aim in mind. They not only seek to advance and clarify debate about Bataille's present status in the post-modern canon but also shed new light on the complex relation between Bataille and the present generation of readers who have come to him through the prism of post-modernist thought. It is of significance for each writer in this collection, most crucially, that the premonition of catastrophe which defined Bataille's fluid political positions is also located between tragedy and irony.

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Page 17 - Il réunit dans une même éruption la Naissance et la Mort. Il n'est pas un homme. Il n'est pas non plus un dieu. Il n'est pas moi, mais il est plus moi que moi: son ventre est le dédale dans lequel il s'est égaré luimême, m'égare avec lui et dans lequel je me retrouve étant lui, c'est-àdire monstre.2 Ou encore là: Même à prêcher les convaincus, il est, dans la prédication, un élément de détresse.
Page 11 - Le monde des amants n'est pas moins vrai que celui de la politique. Il absorbe même la totalité de l'existence, ce que la politique ne peut pas faire.

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