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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    The Cradle of Humanity
    Subtitle
    Prehistoric Art and Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Georges Bataille, Edited by Stuart Kendall, Introduction by Stuart Kendall, Translated by Michelle Kendall, Translated by Stuart Kendall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 210
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781890951566
    ISBN 10: 1890951560
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-AT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100, ART015050
    BIC subject category V2: ACC
    DC22: 709.01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 709/.01
    LC classification: N5310 .B382 2005
    Thema V1.0: AGA, JHMC
    Illustrations note
    15 illus.
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    30 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "it's terrific as a kind of poetics of prehistory" Publisher's Weekly Online