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Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is “a psychological quest not alien to death.”
First published in French as L’Érotisme, Éditions de Minuit, 1957.
This edition published within Oeuvres complètes. Tome 10 (pp 1-270), together with Le procès de Gilles de Rais and Les larmes d’Éros.
Publisher Gallimard, 1987
Translated by Mary Dalwood
The first edition in English was published as Death and Sensuality: a Study of Eroticism and the Taboo, Walker and Company, NY, 1962.
Publisher City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1986
ISBN 0872861902, 9780872861909
Review (Mark Price, Philosophy Now)
L’Érotisme (French, 1957/1987). Alt link.
El erotismo (Spanish, transcript, trans. María Luisa Bastos, 1960)
Erotism: Death & Sensuality (English, trans. Mary Dalwood, 1962/1986)
L’erotismo (Italian, transcript, trans. Adriana dell’Orto, 1962)
O erotismo (Portuguese, trans. Antonio Carlos Viana, 1987)