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Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form 1st Edition

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"The stakes of Bataille's work in the areas of intellectual history, literary history, and modern, and postmodern, art are clearly explored. Wonderfully informative and stimulating." - Allan Stoekl, Pennsylvania State University "One is struck by Biles's erudition: not only has he read, with patience and great sensitively, the entirely of Bataille's writings along with his principal commentators, but he writes insightfully also about the works of the many figures (Hegel, Nietzsche, Simone Weil, Andre Breton) in relation to whom he situates Bataille." - Peter Tracey Connor, Barnard College"

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JEREMY BILES is an Instructor at the University of Chicago, and the managing editor of Sightings.

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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823227782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823227785
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer L. Dew on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Georges Bataille was an epistolary friend of the historian of religion Mircea Eliade, whose thoughts on the sacred provide one entrance to the labyrinth of Bataille's life work. In this brilliant, exquisitely written analysis of Bataille's religious thought, Jeremy Biles has not only immersed himself in the philosophy and fiction of Bataille but also his contemporaries Andre Breton, Simone Weil, and Hans Bellmer, all of whom prove critical for an understanding of such concepts as the "monstrous," the "formless," "hyperchristianity," and Bataille's "ferociously religious" relation to the world. Like Amy Hollywood's excellent "Sensible Ecstasy," which integrates Bataille's seemingly peculiar meditative techniques within Christian tradition, Biles is intensely interested in not only what Bataille says about religion but how his ideas can inform a rigorous and functional theology.

This book will prove indispensible for anyone seriously interested in Bataille, Weil, surrealism, or the dynamics of the sacred in modern European thought, but while academics in everything from art history to literary criticism will make use of this text for years to come, it should also prove, with its obvious passion and erudite-yet-enthralling untanglings of otherwise complicated and esoteric ideas, of real enjoyment for the lay reader, for anyone interested in what it might mean to live a "ferociously religious" life outside the bounds of traditional community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlakeT on March 28, 2009
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This is a redemptive, haunting work of genius. Don't be dissuaded by the academic overlay; it will change your life.
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