Georges Bataille

Paul Hegarty (University of Nottingham)
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Bataille was well-known to his intellectual contemporaries in the surrealist and leftist avant-garde in France during the 1920s and 30s, but his importance stems from the attention given him by the following generation of French writers, notably Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva and Baudrillard, many of whom he “discovered” and first published in his journal


. This recognition accompanied and built upon the notoriety which followed the republication under Bataille’s name of his erotic novels which had originally been published pseudonymously. Bataillle’s works are often hard to categorize, comprising short




, philosophical and literary essays, and poems, and inter-generic writings which combine many of these elements. Praised by Michel Foucault in the…

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Citation: Hegarty, Paul. "Georges Bataille". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2005 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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