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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The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille. Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. This essay, illustrated with artwork f Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille’s inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred.
This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in Erotism: Death and Sexuality and Prehistoric Painting: Lascaux or the Birth of Art. In it Bataille examines death—the “little death” that follows tsars climax, the proximate death in sadomasochistic practices, and death yhe part of religious ritual and sacrifice.
He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology.
InTewrs began Tears of Erosand it was completed sroshis final work. City Lights published two of his other works: Story of the Eye and The Impossible. Bataille died in Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by City Lights Publishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Tears of Erosplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 18, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: The doors of my mind have only recently opened to and been opened by Bataille, so what I say about The Tears of Eros will necessarily be batxille of a novice.
We have th in our house a woodblock print ot by a friend of ours of a gaunt and cigarette smoking Joan Didion. Worked into baaille portrait is a quote of hers – I know what nothing means and keep on playing. I read it as an inspirational message, as does my wife, but I know our individual interpretations of it are fundamentally different, though I have no interest in discussing this difference of interpretation with her.
It is enough that the phrase has significant meaning, however different, for each of us. It means so much to me because in recent years my spiritual path or search for authenticity has become centered on nothingness. Truth exists, but only as founded on nothingness, which for me means that no thought or construct of meaning can contain truth. Faith too often is nothing more than faith in a pat and simple-minded thought. My concern is to be, to go, beyond thought, and to play as if suspended in this profound void of non-thought spewing forth thoughts, ironically.
In The Tears of Eros this nothingness, this ineffable peak beyond all thought, is illustrated by an ancient cave painting. In this cave painting a gored buffalo with entrails spilling out is charging or has charged the man responsible for its mortal wound. This man is apparently dead or dying, a victim of his victim the charging thr, and tearx sporting a quite prominent erection. This painting serves as a kind of flashing window, a window flashing in and out tthe apprehension, into the charged nothingness that Bataille pursued to the ends of his thoughts, and beyond.
An even more extreme and illustrative example of his concerns is saved for a very brief discussion at the end of the book. It is a photograph of a Chinese man undergoing horrible torturous mutilation. Bataille asserts that the face of this man, with eyes raised bataile a la St. Joan of Arc, is expressing a kind of joy or transcendence coupled with extreme pain and despair obviouslyand so has served as profound inspiration for him he owned a copy of the picture and spent much time contemplating it.
At times his fervor to believe what he himself was writing led him to see in things only that which corresponded with his thought.
Depth Perception: George Bataille’s “Tears of Eros” observations
As when he asserts that apes and all animals by extension have no concern for their dead, and when he says that apes have no sense of humor. These are only quibbles, but were enough to form chinks in the armor of his thoughts; but then again, Bataille is not concerned overmuch with logical argument, being more an aesthete or a poet, so in a way these chinks only make his thought even more authentic to me, as passion trumps logic any day.
View all 30 comments. Aug 13, hanne rated it it was amazing. I absolutely bought this book because the cover matches my favourite blue nail-polish exactly. Dec 12, Matthieu rated it really liked it. Originally given three stars back in ’08 read in September ofbut after a second reading, I’ve decided to add an additional half-star rounding up to four.
Bataille’s a strange cat. Despite some fascinating information here e. Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Georges Bataille’s great illustrated book on the connection between eroticism and death.
The two doorways one can’t avoid, yet we are drawn to its power. One of the great poetic essayists, Bataille is sort of like the moment one wakes up from a feverish dream. You have a memory of that dream, but then you are not fully awake. I picked this up due bataillf a search for a better understanding of tars attitudes and life. I grew up with views from religions and schools about abstinence from sex while coping with my own libido instincts.
This book liberates me as bataaille human to understand why humans bxtaille sexual impulses; why death is not as scary even without batallle religion; and finally why I find myself comfortable in expressing my sexual thoughts while living amongst Asians who are mostly conservatives. Apr 15, Megan rated it really liked it. In teas with the mysterious cave oof Battaille describes as the birth of art- a pivotal moment when early humans first link eroticism and death.
Oddly appropriate to the work I am doing now The visual aids add wonderful charm to the dry or maybe just french? Nov 02, Brian rated it it erls amazing. I read it and laugh. Only in the face of horror does the fragmentary totality of being become uncovered Nov 09, Lisa rated it really liked it. This book disturbed even me. My first excursion into the world of Bataille. As such, my first impression is that this is a writer who is trying to write a truly Nietzschean form of history.
And I celebrate that. 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. Still, as a impetus to explore and discover more by Batille, this text is an un My first excursion into the world of Bataille. 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.
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. The best part to me it’s the conclusion, where Bataille points out the ecstasy in voudon ritual animal sacrifices and the agony of a tortured man in China, he sees in those two examples the inescapable link between Eros and Thanathos. Nov 18, Michael rated it liked it.
THE TEARS OF EROS
I am tezrs really all that interested in most of Bataille’s philosophy, and this book is not particularly different. Teqrs taboos and the exploration of the relation between love and death becomes more and baaille romantic and less and less philosophically compelling as you continue to read his works. Nov 16, Jenny Gonzalez- Blitz rated it really liked it Shelves: Illustrated with lots of my favorite art pieces Goya, Fusili, Durer,etc.
Jan 27, Izabela rated it really liked it. Jun 03, Becky Finley is currently reading it Recommends it for: This is an eating your peas and carrots art theory book with a creepy edge. Jul 12, Ash rated it it was ok Shelves: Interesting artwork, but it was translated awkwardly, the writing style differs from “The Story of the Eye. Nov 06, K. Un poco oscuro, muy Bataille.
Nov 27, Christine rated it liked it. Sep 27, Philip Bardach rated it liked it. I like books with pictures. However, I probably should’ve read Erotism first.
Nov 02, Egor Sofronov rated it liked it. A sprint run through art history for the search of the kinky. Oct 23, Cesar Armenta rated it really liked it.
Jul 26, Elizabeth Timme rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was the first Bataille book I ever read, so so good.