George Bataille’s The Tears of Eros unfolds, innocently enough, as a simple timeline of the history of eroticism in art. According to Bataille. The Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de . Inspired by Georges Bataille’s essay Tears of Eros, this short hybrid film/video is about erotism and death. Through different analogue manipulations of the.

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Mary Dalwood Salem, New Hampshire: There are no discussion topics on this off yet. Jun 03, Becky Finley is currently reading it Recommends it for: And of course, the essay does contain five exclamation points!


Trivia About The Tears of Eros. An unorthodox study of erotism and its relationship to death and the chthonic throughout history with ample of examples in art, from the cave paintings to photography.

I picked this up due to a search for a better understanding of sexual attitudes and life. This is the difference between Eroticismwhich does not feature such a wealth of visual production, and The Tears of Eroswherein writing is subordinated to an abundance of images. Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in Paperbackpages.

Evolving as it has in a western cultural tradition that has historically maintained a dichotomy between the mind and body, eroticism is trapped forever on the body side of that dichotomy… and though the sensual pleasures of the body are many, their summation into the concept of the erotic unites them with other bodily conceptions, such as sickness, death, and decay.

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It turns out that really is a smug intellectual.

But what does this have to do with eroticism, other than to equate the non-rational source of eroticism our animal nature with the blunt truth of our animal nature, which is that we are finite, material, and decaying things. When they were exhibited at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburghno text accompanied the photographs, which were expected to speak for themselves. San Francisco Poet Laureates.

The Tears of Eros

By he has begun to accompany this repulsion with developed interpretations of Sade, of his sovereignty Eroticism and authorship in the French revolution “Sade”. Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in I can imagine someone fascinated with human sacrifice as being someone who is committed to the world of the flesh… perhaps one that would argue for the earthbound nature of Satanism. The visual aids add wonderful charm to the dry or maybe just french?

One of the great poetic essayists, Bataille is sort of like the moment one wakes up from a feverish dream. This last point brings up a question that might explain why Bataille writing appears so confusing.

In it Bataille examines death—the “little death” that follows sexual climax, the proximate death in sadomasochistic practices, and death as part of religious ritual and sacrifice. Nov 02, Brian rated it it was amazing. I want to propose that Gears here puts into parentheses the impossibility of making such an observation. My initial thought was that Bataille, being a French intellectual, was predetermined by his cultures French culture, intellectual culture, and French intellectual culture to be circumspect, emotional, and smugly unconcerned that his audience might not rros him.

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The Unreasonable Way a response based on form An alternative response to the essay is to focus on the form of the writing, rather than the content. If I were to attempt a defense, I would say that it is NOT that images of violence, horror, and death are themselves erotic… or that actual death is erotic… but rather, that these images, in as much as they deal with the non-idealized body of vulnerable human flesh… the body of mortality… the body of sensuality, which like life is a fleeting experience… then to this extent they symbolize the nature of eroticism, but are not themselves erotic.


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So then you yourself might become drunk, so that you can understand the drunk, and therefore understand what intoxication is all about. Still, as a impetus to explore and discover more by Batille, this text is an unquestionable success, as i’m compelled now to uncover more.

A sprint run through art history for the search of the kinky. Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter! For Bataille, this attraction lies in a transgression of those prohibitions by which we structure our lives. I grew up with views from religions and schools about abstinence from sex while coping with my own libido tearw. For example the famous photographs of the self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc in South Vietnam inalso of a violent death in progress, do eris lead to such speculations.

I like books with pictures.

Bataille died in Sounds good to me.