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Georges Bataille

An Epitome

by Lynn Hughey Engelbert

Lynn Hughey Engelbert. Georges Bataille: An Epitome. Epitomes 1. Leeds: Kısmet Press, 2017.

Title: Georges Bataille: An Epitome
Author: Lynn Hughey Engelbert
Series: Epitomes
Series number: 1
Place of publication: Leeds
Publisher: Kısmet Press
Date of publication: 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9956717-3-7 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-0-9956717-4-4 (ebk)
viii + 134 pages
178 x 111 mm

Copyright information

Copyright © 2017 Lynn Hughey Engelbert.

Published by Kismet Press LLP under an exclusive license to publish. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited. The book is freely available online at under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

About the book

This short introduction to Georges Bataille’s work examines his philosophy and literature by identifying the central theories of transgression, sovereignty and/or subjectivity, sacrifice, art and/or aesthetic radicalism, general and restricted economies, as well as the profane and the sacred by way of eroticism and ecstasy. Bataille remains a singular and complex figure, an Outsider in poststructuralist, continental philosophy, and the complexities of his interdisciplinary approach to literature and theory compels this introduction to explore and explain his innovative and often controversial work as an impossible philosopher, as well as a philosopher of the Impossible.

About the author

Lynn Hughey Engelbert teaches philosophy at the University of Alberta and Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. She has published a variety of essays regarding avant-garde philosophers and artists, and is concerned with postmodern aesthetics more generally. She is currently working on a book about the feminist sublime and its connection to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

Table of contents

1. An Introduction: Georges Bataille and Impossibility
2. The General and Restricted Economies: Outsider Philosophy
3. Sovereignty, Transgression, and Power: Bataille’s Subject
4. Transgression, Art, and Surrealism: In-between the Avant-Garde and Literature
5. Outsider Literature(s) inside the Abyss
6. The Sacred/Profane or Eroticism/Ecstasy: Saint Bataille
7. A Conclusion for Bataille and the Anti-Aesthetic

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