From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"It has frequently been remarked that popular feasts lead to excesses, and cause men to lose sight of the distinction separating the licit from the illicit ..." The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1912), Émile Durkheim
Excess is the state of exceeding or going beyond limits, beyond what is normal or usual. Related terms include eccentricity, extravagance and transgression. Georges Bataille, in works such as The Accursed Share, was a leading theorist on excess.
- Gamiani, ou Une Nuit d'Excès (1833) by Alfred de Musset
- Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 (1985) by Georges Bataille