1st Edition

Georges Bataille Key Concepts

Edited By Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen Copyright 2016
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    Georges Bataille (1897 - 1962) was a philosopher, writer, and literary critic whose work has had a significant impact across disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, economics, art history and literary criticism, as well as influencing key figures in post-modernist and post-structuralist philosophy such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. In recent years, the number of works published on Georges Bataille, as well as the variety of contexts in which his work is invoked, has markedly increased.

    In Georges Bataille: Key Concepts an international team of contributors provide an accessible introduction to and survey of Bataille's thought. The editors’ introduction provides an overview of Bataille’s work, while the chapters in the first section cover the social, political, artistic and philosophical contexts that shaped his thought. In the second part, each chapter engages with a key theme in Bataille’s philosophy, including: art, eroticism, evil, inner experience, heterology, religion, sacrifice, and sovereignty. The final chapter addresses Bataille’s literary writings.

    Georges Bataille: Key Concepts is an invaluable guide for students from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, coming to Bataille’s work for the first 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.

    Introduction Mark Hewson and Marcus Coelen  Part 1: Contexts  1. Surrealism Marina Galletti  2. Sociology and Ethnography Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi  3. Fascism and the Politics of the 1930s in France Andrew Hussey  4. Nietzsche Giulia Agostini  Part 2: Key Concepts  5. Expenditure Stuart Kendall  6. Heterology Marcus Coelen  7. Sacrifice Elisabeth Arnould-Bloomfield  8. Inner Experience Gerhard Poppenberg  9. Sovereignty Claire Nioche  10. Eroticism Nadine Hartmann  11. Art Michèle Richman  12. Religion Mark Hewson  13. Evil Tiina Arppe  14. Bataille’s Literary Writings Patrick ffrench.  Index


    Mark Hewson teaches at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy and at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Blanchot and Literary Criticism (2011), and of articles on Wordsworth, Mallarmé and the history of literary criticism.

    Marcus Coelen is an affiliate of ICI Berlin, and a practicing psychoanalyst. He is the author of a study on Proust and the problem of aesthetic judgment in the Recherche, and several translations and editions in German of texts by Maurice Blanchot. He is a co-editor (with Felix Ennslin, Johannes Klein Beck and Claire Nioche) of the book series Neue Subjektile.

    Hewson (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) and Coelen (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, Germany) offer a superb overview of the key concepts - literary, philosophical, and sociological - that animated the thought and writing of Georges Bataille (1897-1962). The 14 essays, contributed by an international assembly of scholars, take up the focal points of Bataille's considerable literary and speculative output. This broad-reaching book will serve scholars of French philosophy, literature, and cultural studies very well - both as a valuable introduction for beginning studies and an enriching set of studies for the more advanced scholar.

    --M. Uebel, University of Texas

    October 2016 issue of CHOICE