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Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form

Jeremy Biles


In the 1930s, Georges Bataille proclaimed a “ferociously religious” sensibility characterized by simultaneous ecstasy and horror. This book investigates the content and implications of this religious sensibility by examining Bataille's insistent linking of monstrosity and the sacred. Extending and sometimes challenging major interpretations of Bataille by thinkers like Denis Hollier and Rosalind Krauss, the book reveals how his writings betray the monstrous marks of the affective and intellectual contradictions he seeks to produce in his readers. ... More

Keywords: Bataille, religious sensibility, monstrosity, sacrifice, Hegel, Nietzsche, Simone Weil, Breton, Hans Bellmer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823227785
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Biles, author