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Negative Ecstasies – Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion

Jeremy Biles and Kent Brintnall


Despite Georges Bataille’s acknowledged influence on major poststructuralist thinkers—including Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, Baudrillard, and Barthes—and his prominence in literary, cultural, and social theory, rarely has he been taken up by scholars of religion, even as issues of the sacred were central to his thinking. Bringing together established scholars and emerging voices, Negative Ecstasies engages Bataille from the perspective of religious studies and theology, forging links with feminist and queer theory, economics, secularism, psychoanalysis, fat studies, and ethics. As these ... More

Keywords: George Bataille, Sacrifice, Psychoanalysis, Violence, Surrealism, Ecstasy, Sacred, Religion, Excess, Eroticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265190
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Biles, editor
Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Kent Brintnall, editor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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