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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

(p.51) Erotic Ruination
Negative Ecstasies

Kent L. Brintnall

Fordham University Press

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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