The Conclusion summarizes the book's main thesis and explains how the book has explored in detail how ultimately Bataille is concerned with developing a mode of experience that does not depend on the literal existence of damaged or extraordinary bodies. Rather, he elaborates an agonistic, and indeed agonized, practice of reading, writing, and artistic production, a practice that presents the monstrous to those who are willing to look upon it, in order to incite monstrous transformations in them-transformations of their inner selves. Bataille's sacrifices of form are textual, philosophical, and artistic, even as they aim to produce contradictory effects (and affects) that are sensible, erotic, and perhaps even traumatic. The monstrous thus, this final chapter states, not only figures but also evokes the sensibility defined by the conjunction of ecstasy and horror—the “religious sensibility.”.
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