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. In George Bataille’s three volume The Accursed Share, he imagines a primitive subsistence society that gathers just a little more food or other.

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By being a gift to another in an emotional way we transgress the norm of rationality, e. That is to say, totality is simultaneously the norm of procedure as well as the instrumental result of our social desires. The Accursed Share is considered one of the most important of Bataille’s books.

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. Bataille’s Ritual sacrifice, potlatches, conquest, festivals, opulence and luxury, lavish public works–avenues through which given social formations must expend their surpluses or risk descending into famine, imperial wars, genocide, mass unemployment, etc.

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. The intimacy between my lover and I is developed as a result of giving myself over to her emotionally. After some time of squandering my wealth this way I decided to take my one or two dollars and purchase instant-win lottery tickets.

One also dies at the end, but for now one is not involved. Apr 28, Michael A. No deliberation is undertaken; the intimate bond two people share removes considerations for the future and turns the principle of utility into an ethics of selfishness.


The chapters on the Aztecs and Soviet Industrialization were very good. Sshare he spins out the concept to apply it to historical and traditional societies like the Aztecs and Tibetans, or to 20th century questions of political economy, societies that find themselves with growing productivity and wealth become increasingly stressed by the excess.

Surpluses must be lost unproductively, and almost in this case, expenditure nearly found its form in sccursed loss of life. View all 5 comments.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

Even a nominee for Attorney General might wish to equivocate about certain questions. Take for example a group of car culture enthusiasts.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Contrasted with the Aztec society, where the cosmology of life assigns humanity to being food for the gods and thus privileges consumption over growth, modernity may face its anxieties, its poverty mentality, and the overwhelming weight of its profane objectification of a world meant to be sacred.

With his concern being the global movement of energy and wealth Bataille provides us with multiple historical accounts of cultures and societies either expending or conserving their excesses.

The accursed share is this remainder that escapes utility yet is always present. Unproductive expenditures are the opposite forms of utilitarian justifications of expenditure, the latter stressing production and conservation for future aims.

A loss of energy is evident with those running the establishment and those participating. And he claims that the modern industrial capitalism has broken all of these coping strategies by creating not just an excess but a growing one, a continual xhare that gets reinvested accurser accelerates the next crisis of extravagant, opulent luxury. We expend our energies in a flood of tears.

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The Accursed Share is an attempt to provide examples to illustrate his ideas on general economy. It is bataillw surprising to look back on our travels and discover they were often filled with sexual adventures. On Bataille [continued from here ] Erik Empson, And this ritual euthanasia of unspent energy is not merely primary to our survival; disbursal of the explosive plethora of solar residue flows into joy, art, eroticism and transcendence.


On the latter Hyde brings in the case of the Ford Pinto. Unproductive expenditures are those which direct the individual away from utility concerns. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. My embrace is the intimate communication. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

We gaze intensely at the inebriated homeless man on a busy city street as we step over his unconscious cadaver, in tune with hundreds of other pedestrians who trampled him that day. More will be said of the dissolution of self below, in the section on death and intimacy. We leave our backpack at the hostel and stand alongside others on the banks of the Arno River in Florence talking about love and philosophy until the early morn. Risk and loss of self is precisely what transpires in gift-giving, most noticeable in embracing another during their most acvursed hour.

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