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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 227–243.
Published: 01 August 2023
...Marc Nichanian; Philip Gerard Abstract The sovereignty that Georges Bataille wanted to implement and to theorize obeys a strange logic. He tried twice: first in 1942, next in the impossible book that was meant to serve as the final volume of his second, projected summa, The Accursed Share...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 212–226.
Published: 01 August 2023
...Marc Nichanian Résumé C'est une étrange logique que celle de la souveraineté, telle que Georges Bataille a voulu la mettre en oeuvre et la théoriser, par deux fois. Il l'a fait d'abord en 1942, ensuite dans ce livre impossible qui était censé clore la seconde Somme qu'il avait prévue, celle de la...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 151–166.
Published: 01 August 2023
... and English. Nichanian argues that Georges Bataille refuses the double bind of the subject as both lawmaking and subject to law. Bataille turns to Kafka as he works through the problem of the survivor-sovereign. 38 He comes to an abrupt understanding: “The last man is the subject without a witness [ le...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (2): 187–232.
Published: 01 August 2021
... to their sources (Georges Bataille and Fanon), reveal two different orientations to avant-garde writing. In L'impossible , Bataille, for example, writes: “Poetry which does not raise itself up to the level of the non-sense of poetry is only empty poetry” (220). Poetry (if we no longer identify it with style...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (3): 538–569.
Published: 01 December 2022
... “small channels” (Rosa Luxemburg), from “trickling streams” (W. E. B. Du Bois), and from “incidents . . . [seemingly] of small importance” (Georges Sorel). 9 Wedderburn is clear that the key aspect here is the “union” and “universality”—the generality —of the labor stoppage planned and performed...