The Bataille Reader
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Since the publication in France of his Oeuvres Completes in the mid-1970s, the breadth of Bataille's writing and influence has become increasingly apparent across the disciplines in, for example, the fields of literature, art, art history, philosophy, critical theory, sociology, economics, and anthropology.
limit is not disorder or luxuriance) being too demanding to bear it, too lucid not to see. It is even possible that after having attained it, but doubting that this should have a meaning or even that this should take place - as the state of one who attains it does not last - he couldn't bear doubt. A longer search would be useless, although the will for the extreme limit stops at nothing (we can't really attain it). The self in no way matters. For a reader, I am any individual: name, identity,
me. (I went out yesterday, the day before.) Yesterday. Kids following behind, running. One behind a street-car, the other trailing a bus. What's in their small heads? The same thing as is in my own. A basic difference - a decisiveness on my part (I can't depend on others) . Here I am, a self: awakening, emerging, from a long period of human infancy, in which people relied on each other for everything. But essentially, this dawn of knowledge and this full possession of self is only night, only
Heterogeneous fascist action belongs to the entire set of higher forms. It makes an appeal to sentiments traditionally defined as exalted and noble and tends to constitute authority as an unconditional principle, situated above any utilitarian judgement. Obviously, the use of the words higher, noble, exalted does not imply endorsement. Here these qualities simply designate that something belongs to a category historically defined as higher, noble or exalted: such particu larized or novel
bolically expressed by the geometry of the parades, are the tendential forms that situate military existence above homogeneous existence as imperative and as a pure reason for being. Having a limited bearing on certain levels of action, these forms, in their properly military aspect, are compatible with infinitely craven crimes, but they suffice to affirm the exalted value of the army and to make the internal domination characterizing its structure one of the fundamental elements of a supreme
convenient for me to choose a domestic animal as an The Accursed Share, vol. I, Consumption, tr. Robert Hurley (Zone Books, New York, 1 988), pp. 27-4 1 . La Part maudire, I: La Consommation was first published by Editions de Minuit in 1 949, and re-edited in a 1 967 edition. See OC, 7, pp. 34-47. Laws of General Economy 1 89 example, but the movements of animal matter are basically the same in all cases. On the whole, the excess energy provides for the growth or the turbulence of