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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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The Traumatic Secret

The Traumatic Secret

Bataille and the Comparative Erotics of Mystical Literature

(p.153) The Traumatic Secret
Negative Ecstasies

Jeffrey J. Kripal

Fordham University Press

Identifying a link between trauma and mysticism as a thread that connects his body of work, this essay also explains the ways in which the work of Georges Bataille has been an implicit point of reference throughout Jeffrey Kripal’s career. The essay illuminates not only the key concepts of Bataille’s work—eroticism, sacrifice, the sacred, violence—but also uses Bataille to cast new light on connections between Kripal’s seemingly disparate texts.

Keywords:   Trauma, Mysticism, Eroticism, Tantra, Suicide, Aliens, Ramakrishna, Whitley Strieber, Kali’s Child, Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom, Serpent’s Gift, Mutants & Mystics

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