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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My initial thought was that Bataille, being a French intellectual, was predetermined by years cultures French culture, intellectual culture, and French intellectual culture to be circumspect, emotional, and smugly unconcerned that his audience might not understand him. Tthe Blanchot, cited in both works, may have been responsible for this shift in Bataille’s work, enabling him to think the impossible.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I like books with pictures. Translated by Peter Connor.

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Bataille noted that after a sacrifice, “what remains, what the tense onlookers experience in the succeeding silence, is the continuity of all existence with which the victim is now one. Story of the Eye and The Impossible. In love with the mysterious cave painting Battaille describes as the birth of art- a pivotal moment when early humans first link teare and death.

Although this particular attempt is, when read in pure isolation, something of a failure, i have a feeling the failure is somewhat mine, as it’s obviously intimately connected with a previous work called ‘Eroticism’ which i haven’t read. Nb of pages p.

Can one compare a man being sawn in half from the groin to that of a woman holding the decapitated head of her lover? City Lights published two of his other works: The Tears of Eros.


The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille

The Eros Of Parenthood: This is an eating your peas and carrots art theory book with a creepy edge. Accessed 12 September, Nov 16, Jenny Gonzalez- Blitz rated it really liked it Shelves: The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille. For Bataille, this attraction lies in a transgression of those prohibitions by which we structure our lives.

But now I have a problem… what do violence, horror, and death have to do with the anticipation tezrs sexual activity?


Sounds good to me. Nov 09, Lisa rated it really liked it. 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. Bafaille was a librarian by profession.

The images are from Europe or Americaor made by Europeans at the very least. I can imagine him not writing essays, but spewing them. Lascaux or the Birth of Art. My first excursion into the world of Bataille.

Thinking of the execution as symptomatic of gender relations, including the possibility that this was an adulteress being put to death, was what made these images “difficult to come to terms with.

I read it as an inspirational message, as does my wife, but I know our individual interpretations of it are fundamentally different, though I bataklle no interest in discussing this difference of interpretation with her.

Selected pages Title Page. I became simultaneously baffled by the content, and annoyed by the manner of the writing.

This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, bayaille developed out of ideas explored in Erotism: To relieve the gaze from this horrific sight the gaze travels upward, toward the end of a pole that is again propping up the upper part of the body, and to the light at the top of the image. That truth being that we will all die, and that there is no meaning in life other than that which we project.


Following this thought of ecstasy with a question mark, the author places his own observation into doubt.

The Tears of Eros

I can now imagine a seminary student rejecting the priesthood, who then becomes a philosopher who rejects the Christian attitude toward eroticism. Goodreads erls you keep track of books you want to read. Elkins argues that the radical incommensurability between the lingchi and the art works undermines the “orderly concept of transgression” bahaille The Tears of Eros.

Jan 31, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: I think this is a statement of the existentialist admonition to live in the truth, whereby we accept that the world of meaning, identity, and idealism that we create in order or make sense of living… is merely a diversion from the underlying truth of our lives. It turns out that really is a smug intellectual.

A User’s Guide New York: Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: He explains their effect with the idea that they trap death, a death that lies somewhere between the victim’s moments of suffering and demise, captured over a sequence of camera shots.