Embracing the “Savage Spirituality” of Barebacking
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.
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