June 14, 2012
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- Traces of work appear in the Lower Paleolithic era and the earliest burial we know of goes back to the Middle Paleolithic. Of course we are talking about eras which lasted hundreds of thousands of years according to our present calculation; these interminable millenia correspond with man's slow shaking-off of his original animal nature. He emerged from it by working, by understanding his own mortality and by moving imperceptibly from unashamed sexuality to sexuality with shame, which gave birth to eroticism... --Erotism: Death and Sensuality
- II en sortit en travaillant, en comprenant qu'il mourait et en glissant de la sexualité sans honte a la sexualité honteuse, dont l'érotisme découla
Bataille indicates in one of his earliest articles, "La valeur d'usage de DAF de Sade" (1929).
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