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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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Movements of Luxurious Exuberance

Movements of Luxurious Exuberance

Georges Bataille and Fat Politics

(p.19) Movements of Luxurious Exuberance
Negative Ecstasies

Lynne Gerber

Fordham University Press

This chapter investigates fatness as sacred in a Bataillean sense and the possibilities and limitations of Bataille’s work for a fat politics of death and generosity. It examines a range of possible applications of Bataille’s work to central issues in fat politics, including dieting and weight loss. It then uses his ideas to analyze fat art that exemplifies Bataillean possibilities, including the films of John Waters and Divine, the writings of Susan Stinson, and the 1990s zine FaT GiRL. Finally, it turns to the question of fat and death and how Bataille’s work can be used to fund a productive analysis of the discursive and, at the same time, literal conflation of fatness and death in contemporary American culture.

Keywords:   Fat, Obesity, weight loss, death, Bataille, Divine, Susan Stinson, FaT GiRL.

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