Bataille’s Eye & ICI Field Notes 4 (1997)

In 1928, Georges Bataille published his “pornographic” novella Story of the Eye under the pseudonym Lord Auch. Infamous in its own day, this erotic tale has become a pivotal text for art history, comparative literature, and cultural criticism. Bataille’s Eye, edited by Deborah Cullen, presents essays, artworks and research related to Story of the Eye and is the first book to reproduce the original illustrations created by André Masson and Hans Bellmer for the first two editions of the novella. Bataille’s Eye also includes a detailed publishing history that outlines the various appearances of the tale since 1928 along with a lengthy “excavation” project comparing key passages from four known versions of Bataille’s tale, including a now-rare 1953 translation. A unique set of prints commissioned from 13 international artists and printed at Robert Blackburn’s legendary Printmaking Workshop in New York City has been reproduced in this volume under the title Oeillet.  The Eye Edition, a numbered edition of 50, including a complete set of Oeillet prints and the special edition of Bataille’s Eye, encloosed within a double-sided, felt-lined case with a distinctive glass eye on the spine.  The Collector’s Edition, a complete set of the original prints, packaged in a gold-stamped, red-silk-lined case along with the out-of-print trade edition of the book, is available through the ICI. The Trade Edition of Bataille’s Eye is available as a premium to ICI members.  Visit the ICI Gift Shop to purchase the Eye Edition and the Collector’s Edition of Bataille’s Eye.

Editor: Deborah Cullen
Publisher: Institute of Cultural Inquiry
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ISBN: 1-889917-00-1 (trade edition)

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