The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The pursuit of luxury as an act of transgression: Bataille, sovereignty, desire

The pursuit of luxury as an act of transgression: Bataille, sovereignty, desire
The pursuit of luxury as an act of transgression: Bataille, sovereignty, desire
Through concepts such as the act of transgression, the idea of the pursuit of luxury can be radically transformed by reconsidering the work of the French philosopher Georges Bataille on sovereignty and desire within contemporary culture. This article on the relations between transgression, luxury, sovereignty, and desire constitutes a reworking of Bataille's thought. Offering an exploration and development of the key notions which run through current work on luxury, from sumptuous living to human lives in search of lavishness, the article places these important concepts in their intellectual and historical contexts and goes on to trace their considerable possibilities for contemporary French thought. In this manner, the article not only makes the idea of the pursuit of luxury accessible, but also invites readers to make their own critical judgements of such a pursuit. The article concludes with an account of the pursuit of luxury and acts of transgression as a moral vision, and with the perpetual problems of luxury and necessity. The notion of the pursuit of luxury is now impossible to disregard for anybody who is serious-minded about contemporary acts of transgression, and this article affords the ideal companion to the wide-ranging diversity of Bataille's critical texts on sovereignty and desire.
Luxury, transgression, Georges Bataille, sovereignty, desire
0957-1558
Armitage, John
19639b0b-0399-4dc6-9369-4d8c1ed77480
Armitage, John
19639b0b-0399-4dc6-9369-4d8c1ed77480

Armitage, John (2022) The pursuit of luxury as an act of transgression: Bataille, sovereignty, desire. French Cultural Studies, 34 (4). (doi:10.1177/09571558221118244).

Record type: Article

Abstract

Through concepts such as the act of transgression, the idea of the pursuit of luxury can be radically transformed by reconsidering the work of the French philosopher Georges Bataille on sovereignty and desire within contemporary culture. This article on the relations between transgression, luxury, sovereignty, and desire constitutes a reworking of Bataille's thought. Offering an exploration and development of the key notions which run through current work on luxury, from sumptuous living to human lives in search of lavishness, the article places these important concepts in their intellectual and historical contexts and goes on to trace their considerable possibilities for contemporary French thought. In this manner, the article not only makes the idea of the pursuit of luxury accessible, but also invites readers to make their own critical judgements of such a pursuit. The article concludes with an account of the pursuit of luxury and acts of transgression as a moral vision, and with the perpetual problems of luxury and necessity. The notion of the pursuit of luxury is now impossible to disregard for anybody who is serious-minded about contemporary acts of transgression, and this article affords the ideal companion to the wide-ranging diversity of Bataille's critical texts on sovereignty and desire.

Text
The Pursuit of Luxury as an Act of Transgression Final - Version of Record
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (473kB)

More information

e-pub ahead of print date: 4 August 2022
Additional Information: John Armitage is a visiting professor of Media Arts at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Luxury and Visual Culture (Bloomsbury 2020) and a member of the editorial boards of the academic journals Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Routledge), and Luxury Studies: The In Pursuit of Luxury Journal (Intellect).
Keywords: Luxury, transgression, Georges Bataille, sovereignty, desire

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 469269
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/469269
ISSN: 0957-1558
PURE UUID: a95e2281-da23-4769-ba69-5fbd87808c00
ORCID for John Armitage: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5533-197X

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 12 Sep 2022 16:40
Last modified: 13 Sep 2022 01:45

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×