Visions of Excess Selected Writings, 1927- 1939 by Georges Bataille


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University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 

'Since the publication of Visions of Excess in 1985, there has been an explosion of interest in the work of Georges Bataille. The French surrealist continues to be important for his ground-breaking focus on the visceral, the erotic, and the relation of society to the primeval. This collection of pre-war writings remains the volume in which Bataille's positions are most clearly, forcefully, and obsessively put forward. 

This book challenges the notion of a "closed economy" predicated on utility, production, and rational consumption, and develops an alternative theory that takes into account the human tendency to lose, destroy, and waste. This collection is indispensable for an understanding of the future as well as the past of current critical theory.

Georges Bataille (1897-1962), a librarian by profession, and founder of the French review Critique. He is the author of several books, including Story of the Eye, The Accused Share, Eroticism, and The Absence of Myth. He was also the founder of the' College of Sociology' and 'Acéphale', the notorious secret society whose members sworn to secrecy.'