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|Title:||Breton, Bataille and Lacan's Notion of "Transgressive" Sublimation||Contributor(s):||James, Klem (author)||Publication Date:||2009||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7987||Abstract:||Surrealism has sometimes been characterised as a movement in flight from reality, attempting to evade the base and the material by immersing itself in oneiric realities and the "world-rubble of the unconscious" (Adorno). Indeed, Surrealism is frequently equated with an idealising "sublimatory" tendency within modernist art which contrasts with the deconstructive and "desublimatory" stance of George Bataille, a dissident surrealist known for his transgressive writings on eroticism. Even in their conceptualisation of love, the surrealists are frequently considered to be too idealising – and all the more so in the case of their leading spokesman, André Breton. In this paper I will attempt to present an alternative view of Surrealism which shows that its explorations of love do have a transgressive basis. Specifically I will use Lacan's theory on sublimation (which posits moral law as a regulator of desire) to show how regulation and interdiction (as promoted by restrictive social mores and religious repression) exacerbate desire. I will argue that it is precisely such interdiction that both Breton and Bataille revolt against in their writings and which inform their views of eroticism and love.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||e-pisteme, 2(1), p. 53-66||Publisher:||Newcastle University||Place of Publication:||Newcastle, United Kingdom||ISSN:||1756-8226||Field of Research (FOR):||200511 Literature in French||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Other Links:||http://research.ncl.ac.uk/e-pisteme/?page=issues&issue=02||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 158
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