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Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts (Archive 3)

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Cultural studies, assembled and introduced by Alastair Brotchie, translated by lain White, Dominic Faccini, Annette Michelson, Alexis Lykiard, et al. Comprised of the Critical Dictionary and related texts edited by Georges Bataille, from has magazine Documents; and the Encyclopaedia Da Costa, edited by Robert Lebel and Isabelle Waldberg with Marcel Duchamp, Atlas Press's E ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Atlas Press (GB)
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The violent and lethal “Encyclopaedia Acephalica” aims to slaughter all forms of social authority. A panoply of subversive theoretical and poetic texts, the two sections (Critical Dictionary/ Related Texts and the mysterious Encyclopaedia Da Costa) expose human existence as an atrophying body, wasting away from a lack of sovereignty and a fear, through cultural reproduction, of the excreta of society. The group of writers associated with the ex-Surrealists and “Documents,” brought together a div ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Eireann rated it liked it
The good entries are quite good but there are plenty of less interesting sections which delayed my progress through it for quite some time. Good to read alongside something else, as an encyclopedia, even a surrealist one, becomes a tiresome format.
Jan 24, 2011 Laura added it
georges bataille and crew compose a prose poetry hybrid undefinable collection of commentary on their world. also see the contemporary Encyclopedia project... that's also on my shelf.
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hard to get even after 10 re-reads. So I read it again.
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Inspire and devolve all other unlearning.
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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental ...more
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