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The Accursed Share’. An Essay on General Economy. Georges Bataille. Volume I . Consumption. ZONE BOOKS· NEW. YORK. ~. The Accursed Share is a brilliant product of [Bataille’s] loony-tunes coupling of critical genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics. This essay addresses Georges Bataille as a historical thinker by concentrating on The Accursed Share (three volumes, ), the text.

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The Accursed Share – Wikipedia

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, 2nd accursed. More legible than his theories of erotics. We expend our energies in a flood of tears.

Each of these expenditures is itself a risk. If my shars is not wasting her energies on me, and I am not squandering mine on her, in my restlessness I will seek out another, one who can keep me up until sunrise frolicking between the sheets. In taking this view of an economic system, recognition of limits is established, that is, experiences which explicitly display our mortality. In unproductive expenditures such as luxuries, festivals, perverse sexualities, the store of energies is given freely; in acting for the accirsed of utility and individual gain, energies are stored and instead of a state of common effervescence, there is explosion.

I left her house… shre a mood of vague dissatisfaction. Jun 04, Michael Stenovec rated it it was amazing. If a part of wealth subject to a rough estimate is doomed to destruction or at least to unproductive use without any possible profit, it is logical, even inescapableto surrender commodities without return.

Ah, love, let us be true To one another! A society produces a sum of wealth and resources up to a given limit. It was a very strange ending and I can’t say I totally understood where he was going with it or if I’m even interpreting it right!

It and its recipient is cursed unless it can be invested in increased productive capacities or expended harmlessly. How this recognition of limits is made manifest is through their transgression. University of California Press, The nicest thing about Bataille, however, isthat despite his fallacies and his own ‘brand’ of nihilismthis conceptual system allows for its own broadening and corrections without a need of falsifying.


The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: Where we think we have caught hold of the Grail, we have only grasped a thing, and what is left in our hands is only a cooking pot… AC1, Intimacy is not found in material goods, in future concerns; rather, it is between individual and their dread of death.

A task is now at hand: Destroying goods is not the only path to dissolution of self however; expending energies in tears and moans is equally as pure.

Still a really enjoyable read and I’m interested to read volumes 2 and 3. The Accursed Share snare Me: Consumption for itself is glorious; it dissolves the individual into the ebb and flow of planetary energy.

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. In the introduction to Erotism Bataille identifies a gulf between human beings, a discontinuity.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

Certainly, at first sight, this seems false. By looking to his other works and providing my own reading on excess and nonproductive expenditure, I will answer the above questions. This is uneven terrain, since the Bataille? As Bataille puts it: By being a gift to another in an emotional way we transgress the norm of rationality, e.

May 12, Joe added it Shelves: When we are in love we must consistently act out our love. We plant ourselves in the middle of the Piazza del Campo in Siena on a sunny afternoon, discussing our lives and experiences over wine with those who happen to pass by.

Eroto-econo-socio-anthropology at its best. Thus mysticism is always evoked with Bataille.

The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption by Georges Bataille

For this reason rank and power remain separate: Quotes from The Accursed Shar Bataille subscribes in part to the Weberian idea of the ethic of capitalism, as thrift, profitable investment bstaille accumulation for its own sake. In the desire for more wealth, this incident makes clear the catastrophic element I spoke of. Feb 17, Christopherseelie rated it it was amazing. Therefore expenditure in its most glorious form accugsed potlatch. The man of leisure and the poverty-stricken act akin to the Tibetan monks Bataille extensively discusses: I gather that the limited economies discussed here, and the limited analyses of economies, are what baatille it unclear how self-consciousness depends on the general economic move of expenditure — thus to have no object.


Traveling is not a vacation. Martin Heidegger argues persons are not individually unique with respect to death, for everyone faces it shate and singularly as the mortal creatures we are — beings-towards-death he calls us. Compared to the person I love, the universe seems poor and empty. Beyond its defined limits—in time and space—this existence or being no longer exists, no longer is.

Or like in San Diego we maintain that money is of the utmost importance and is something to be attained at any cost, i.

Totally cogent and elegant.

The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption

Though Bataille continues to deal with religion and ritual in this book, his concerns are more classically Anthropological than in Theory of Religion population growth, scarcity, social structure etc. In the second and third volumes, The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical pe The three volumes of The Accursed Share address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: With self-consciousness one has pure expenditure in mind, i.

Lewis Hyde, in his book The Giftoften notes the misunderstandings capitalism has had about potlatch. Perhaps, as in Tibet, monks adopt ritualistic poverty alongside disciplined unproductivity: