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 library Help Advanced Book Search. Nov 02, Egor Sofronov rated it liked it. A User’s Guide New York: Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. To ask other readers questions about The Tears of Erosplease sign up. 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.

I wonder if the makers of Martyrs had this in mind. Glave, Thomas Goodman, Melvin A. 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.

Following on from his earlier text Eroticism in which he argued that death and sex collapse into each other at moments of orgasm, in ritual or in sacrifice, The Tears of Eros juxtaposes Bataille’s own writing with images of prehistoric objects, modern paintings and photography.

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The methods of these scholars have to do with a certain kind of looking, one immersed in the particular reason of this or that specialisation, reasoning away the horror of the images. Want to Read saving…. The Warhol Museum must have also regarded thinking otherwise to be impossible, but it was not so long ago in history that these images were circulated as a celebration rather than as an exposure of this racism.


And of course, the essay does contain five exclamation points! An even more extreme and illustrative example of his concerns is saved for a very brief discussion at the end of the book.

Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter! I suppose this last thing is exactly how it applies. Illustrated with lots of my favorite art pieces Goya, Fusili, Durer,etc. 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.

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.

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I grew up with views from religions and schools about abstinence from sex while coping with my own libido instincts. I can imagine someone fascinated with human sacrifice as being someone who is committed to the world of the flesh… perhaps one that tezrs argue for the earthbound nature of Satanism.

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The Tears of Eros

InBataille began Tears of Erosand it was completed inhis final work. I can see the existentialist in him demanding that humanity live truthfully in the awareness of their own meaningless bodies. It was always Bataille’s strategy to mix art with other things, publishing ruminations on subjects ethnographic, biological and otherwise.

This is a loss that vastly exceeds the art that documents transgression, in its continuity exceeding the discontinuity by which art differentiates itself as art.

Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work. This last point brings up a question that might explain why Bataille writing appears so confusing. Posted by mike at This man is apparently dead or dying, a victim of his victim the charging buffalo, and is sporting a quite prominent erection. Accessed 12 September, Bataille’s a strange cat. The Eros Of Parenthood: I became simultaneously baffled by the content, and annoyed by the manner of the writing.

These facts shed some light on his essay.


The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille. 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. The violence of these events, if not their photographic reproduction and exhibition, may well provide viewers with an opportunity to experience the continuity that eludes the discontinuity of death. For Bataille was still struggling with the impossibility of thinking about Sade at this point in his life, of conceiving the “impossible liberty” that Sade took with the bstaille original emphasis.

It is this expression that Bataille is interested in, an expression that Elkins does not bataillee, and which is more clearly visible in those photographs actually published in The Tears of Eros. The two doorways one can’t avoid, yet we are drawn to its power.

An operation produces or, in a medical sense, restores its subject, while the movement of eroticism describes loss. Nb of pages p. In an earlier book, The Object Stares BackElkins narrated the photographs, seeing the victim as a woman among male executioners and witnesses.

In love with the mysterious cave painting Battaille describes as the birth of art- a pivotal moment when early humans first link eroticism 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. I wonder what the Marquis de Sade would have thought of this image, Sade who dreamed of torture, which was inaccessible to him, but who never witnessed bataiple actual torture session.

This sight of ecstasy is evidence of an “assenting to life up to the point of death,” which is the closest Bataille comes to a definition of eroticism. The Tears of Eros. Oct 23, Cesar Armenta rated it really liked it. Jun 03, Becky Finley is currently reading it Recommends it for: