Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bataille's 'me in the void' realize in "Sacrifices"?

2. What was Nietzsche's relationship with fascism, in Bataille's account?

3. From what does Bataille say Alfred Baumler distilled a doctrine of the people's will to power?

4. What tone did Andre Masson establish in his drawings?

5. What does Bataille say the theory of conspicuous consumption is used for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a man find himself in "The Labyrinth"?

2. What flaw does Bataille identify in dialectic philosophy in "The Critique of the Foundations of the Hegelian Dialectic"?

3. How does Alfred Rosenberg clarify the issue of Nietzsche's relationship with the Fascists?

4. Describe Bataille's notion of potlatch.

5. What is Bataille's theme in "The Labyrinth"?

6. What is fascism's relationship with homo- and heterogeneity?

7. How does Bataille describe the individual in "The College of Sociology"?

8. When does Bataille date the origin of the Popular Front to?

9. What is the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous culture as Bataille defines them in "Psychological Structure of Fascism"?

10. What is the essence of Bataille's essay "The Practice of Joy before Death"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bataille valued revolutionary concepts from Marx and Hegel, but when the National Socialists came to power in Germany, he organized the Popular Front to oppose it. Characterize Bataille's desire for revolution, in art, in culture, and in European politics.

Essay Topic 2

How did the Popular Front fulfill Bataille's ideal of heterogeneity? Analyze his description of the organization in relation with his other essays about revolution and order.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Bataille's political stance. What parties did he support in his day? What parties or policies would he likely support today?

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