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Negative EcstasiesGeorges Bataille and the Study of Religion$
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Jeremy Biles and Kent Brintnall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265190

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265190.001.0001

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Erotic Ruination

Erotic Ruination

Embracing the “Savage Spirituality” of Barebacking

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(p.51) Erotic Ruination
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Negative Ecstasies
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Kent L. Brintnall

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265190.003.0004

This essay places Georges Bataille in conversation with the queer theorists Leo Bersani and Tim Dean. It takes barebacking as a site of exploration to think about the relation between subjectivity, eroticism, death, and the sacred. It argues that Bataille’s understanding of the sacred represents a more generative approach to the problem of instrumentalizing violence than do the more cautionary approaches of Bersani and Dean.

Keywords:   Leo Bersani, Tim Dean, Barebacking, Cruising, self-loss, violence, ethics

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