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Bataille by Fred Botting, Scott Wilson


Bataille by Fred Botting, Scott Wilson

One of the most profound thinkers of the twentieth century, Georges Bataille has only recently come to prominence in the Anglophone academy, partly through the influence of post-structuralism. Once seen as no more than a philosopher of eroticism and a writer of avant-garde pornography, Bataille is emerging as an absolutely central figure to discussions of culture, economy, subjectivity and difference.Bataille is the first volume of its kind to offer lucid, diverse and relevant examples of the ways of reading literary and cultural texts in the light of Bataille's work. The essays explore the significance of Bataillean notions like heterology, general economy, transgression and eroticism, through detailed readings of Shakespearean, Elizabethan and Jacobean literature; in analyses of Gothic and postmodern fiction; and in critiques of popular culture, rock music and Hollywood movies. In order to make Bataillean notions more comprehensible to contemporary readers, his concepts are situated in relation to the ideas of renowned critical and cultural theorists like Baudrillard, Deleuze, Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, as well as Hegel, Freud, Nietzsche and Marx. Here the influence of Bataille is outlined in intellectual and historical terms and the significance of his work can be seen for both contemporary and futural modes of cultural analysis.


'More than a book 'on'

; this is a book almost 'by
Bataille. It describes and enacts Bataille

's workings, ranging from Petrarch to Sidney to Lacan, from Shakespeare to 'Twin Peaks'; and it does so with brio, verve and humour. Bataille was very well-read - and he is himself well-read bu Botting and Wilson here.' - Thomas Docherty, University of Kent at Canterbury 'Fred Botting's and Scott Wilson's Bataille answers the question every student of the twenty first century should be asking: why Bataille - now?' - Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida'

About the Author

FRED BOTTING is Professor of English at Keele University.SCOTT WILSON is Director for the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University.

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Publication date

4th April 2001


Fred Botting, Scott Wilson

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Palgrave Macmillan


232 pages


Literary theory
Cultural studies



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