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

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Andrew Hussey
Rodopi, 2006 - Literary Collections - 156 pages
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The essays in this collection were originally given at the international colloquium Cent Ans de Bataille: La Bataille de Cent Ansheld at the Fondació Tąpies 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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About the author (2006)

Andrew Hussey is the dean of the University of London Institute in Paris, a regular contributor to "The Guardian" and the "New Statesman", and the writer/presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art. He is the author of "The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord" and "Paris: The Secret History". He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year s Honours list for services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and France.

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