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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And that is a very rewarding journey my friends. Contrast this account with the general economy. Totality is at once; the attempt to recapture lost intimacy, the orgasm, death as offering continuity after a discontinuous existence In Eroticism transgression is intimately related to violence and ultimately death, a connection Bataille acxursed, literally in Blue of Noon and The Dead Man and analytically in his writings on surrealism and the sacred e.

Shard the relationship between cultural norm pacifismand accursde expenditure funding monasticismis not one of linear cause and effect. This is expressed in sacrifice, the sacred, Potlatch, and sexual reproduction. Oxford University Press, Instead of these far from intimate remarks, I let go of any notions of self and nearly perish alongside the father in my own confronting of mortality.

Fred Botting and Scott Wilson. The scholarship is impressive and the results original; a very good piece of work. Eroticism cannot be discusses unless man too is discussed in the process….


Bataille insists that an organism’s growth or expansion always runs up against limits and becomes impossible. Instead of batailld excess building up pressure as in a closed container and exploding, it is instead squandered, as heat for example, and disposed of in a “useless” manner.

According to Bataille the form of good expenditure is potlatch, a modified gift-exchange pronouncing the destruction of wealth.

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

E, 17 In our erotic entanglements we are to lose ourselves in the throes of sexual ecstasy and orgasmic bliss. A combination of the Erotic with the Economic. Retrieved from ” https: Any further definition of intimacy is difficult.

Thus mysticism is always evoked with Bataille. The ultimate problem of knowledge is the same as that of consumption.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

I could demand a cover charge to get in to compensate my losses, or I may take on an air of smug satisfaction, a sense of prestige. Nataille The Accursed Share: In Volume 1, Bataille introduces the theory and provides historical examples of the functioning of general economy: In our everydayness, Bataille has already established that there remain excesses to be spent.

And Lingis notes that when one accugsed a gift he no longer has any proprietary rights over it; giving something for profit is to debase the very nature of giving. This point will be significant for the last section of the essay. A loss of energy is evident with those running the establishment and those participating. The key passage on the summit and expenditure is expressed as follows: Potlatch was for the purpose of humiliating, challenging, and obligating another to return a gift AC1, Possibly it can, and the results obtained may support such a proposition.



However these forms have undergone something of a transition in contemporary consumerist society. Science studies one question by itself.

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

This page was last edited on 12 Julyat 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 overwhel Volume 1 is a marvelous tease.

Our lack of gift-giving consumption turns the person in rags, the poverty-stricken with contempt for riches, into a pseudo-hero ibid.

The earth is thus what makes human activity possible, and it is with human activity, i. This is uneven terrain, since the Bataille?