Coverart for item
The Resource The cradle of humanity : Prehistoric art and culture, Georges Bataille; Edited by Stuart Kendall; Translated by Michelle Kendall, Stuart Kendall; Introduction by Stuart Kendall

The cradle of humanity : Prehistoric art and culture, Georges Bataille; Edited by Stuart Kendall; Translated by Michelle Kendall, Stuart Kendall; Introduction by Stuart Kendall

Label
The cradle of humanity : Prehistoric art and culture
Title
The cradle of humanity
Title remainder
Prehistoric art and culture
Statement of responsibility
Georges Bataille; Edited by Stuart Kendall; Translated by Michelle Kendall, Stuart Kendall; Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture collects essays and lectures by Georges Bataille spanning 30 years of research in anthropology, comparative religion, aesthetics, and philosophy. These were neither idle nor idyllic years; the discovery of Lascaux in 1940 coincides with the bloodiest war in history -- with new machines of death, Auschwitz, and Hiroshima. Bataille's reflections on the possible origins of humanity coincide with the intensified threat of its possible extinction.For Bataille, prehistory is universal history; it is the history of a human community prior to its fall into separation, into nations and races. The art of prehistory offers the earliest traces of nascent yet fully human consciousness -- of consciousness not yet fully separated from natural flora and fauna, or from the energetic forces of the universe. A play of identities, the art of prehistory is the art of a consciousness struggling against itself, of a human spirit struggling against brute animal physicality. Prehistory is the cradle of humanity, the birth of tragedy.Bataille reaches beyond disciplinary specializations to imagine a moment when thought was universal. Bataille's work provides a model for interdisciplinary inquiry in our own day, a universal imagination and thought for our own potential community. The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture speaks to philosophers and historians of thought, to anthropologists interested in the history of their discipline and in new methodologies, to theologians and religious comparatists interested in the origins and nature of man's encounter with the sacred, and to art historians and aestheticians grappling with the place of prehistory in the canons of art
Biographical or historical data
Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share, and Theory of Religion.
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1897-1962
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bataille, Georges
Dewey number
709.01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
College Graduate Student and over
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Kendall, Stuart
  • Kendall, Michelle
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Art, Prehistoric
  • Civilization, Ancient
  • Civilization
  • Art
  • Art and Design
Target audience
specialized
Label
The cradle of humanity : Prehistoric art and culture, Georges Bataille; Edited by Stuart Kendall; Translated by Michelle Kendall, Stuart Kendall; Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
9781890951566
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
210 p.
Isbn
9781890951566
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
15 ill., s.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The cradle of humanity : Prehistoric art and culture, Georges Bataille; Edited by Stuart Kendall; Translated by Michelle Kendall, Stuart Kendall; Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Publication
Control code
9781890951566
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
210 p.
Isbn
9781890951566
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
15 ill., s.
Specific material designation
regular print

Library Locations

    • North Kensington LibraryBorrow it
      108 Ladbroke Grove North Kensington, London, W11 1PZ, GB
      51.5166745 -0.2092129
Processing Feedback ...