By Dennis Hollier
Over the last 30 years the writings of Georges Bataille have had a profound impression on French highbrow idea, informing the paintings of Foucault, Derrida, and Barthes, between others. opposed to structure bargains the 1st critical interpretation of this demanding philosopher, spelling out the profoundly unique and radical nature of Bataille's paintings.
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And I think . . ;• "Only today . . ," etc. This stylistic continuity reflects the demands of the message. In fact, the sense of the text is almost solely a denial of any break, the erasing of wounds and the elimination of an evil consisting precisely in discontinuity and wrenching division. This is clearly apparent in 20 The Architectural Meta phor its schoolishly Hegelian three-part progression. ) First a thesis : the cathedral, symbol of continuity, of good, of youth, and of faith; second an antithesis: the war, connected to contemporary materialism, destroyer of the cathedral, etc .
Contrasting Charles VII, who needed a woman to be brought to the crown, one might evoke here Gilles de Rais, another among the military men surrounding Joan of Arc, one soon to be tried for sexual murders that will give rise to the legendary Bluebeard and to whom Bataille's last book was going to be devoted. Law on the one hand, crime on the other, but the law is that of a domesticated father, captured by the mother. The king, the good fa ther, is immortalized by the mother. The entire ideological system organized around the cathedral rests on this castration of the father.
This is where his writing transgresses any formalism: by re fusing to subject wordplay to meaning, and, on the contrary, setting it off again by constantly deranging syntax. A word's meaning always refers back to some other word : the word "table" to the word "furniture," the word "mandolin" to "guitar;' and so forth. This movement, which no dictionary, no language can claim 27 On Bataille to escape, is however limited as far as possible by scientific languages, which are considered "well constructed" precisely to the extent that they limit this circulation to the minimal number of elements-whose play they are able to circumscribe by this economy, stabilizing the cross references.
Against Architecture: The Writings of Georges Bataille by Dennis Hollier