Bataille: Image and Victim

Theory, Culture and Society:026327642098661 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

This article aims to reveal aspects of the relation between the image and the victim in Georges Bataille’s writing, certainly as this applies to writings on art, but more particularly as it applies to Bataille’s relation to the victim of torture in the photographs of Chinese lingchi punishment, which entails physical dismemberment. It will be shown that Bataille does not have a ‘media specific’ approach to the image but reflects Sartre’s notion of the image. Critiques of Bataille’s relation to the lingchi photos will be addressed, so as to clarify what is at stake in the relation between image and victim.

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Regarding the pain of others.Susan Sontag - 2003 - Diogène 201 (1):127-.
Manet's Modernism, or, the Face of Painting in the 1860s.Michael Fried - 1998 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (3):319-320.

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