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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Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. May 05, Left Sr rated it really liked it Shelves: If I demand a rekindling of the kind of gift-giving that does not place productive value on objects, and ask to use them, circulate them, and even destroy them for the end of pure expenditure, I fear I may be asking too much.

I was in a semi going north on 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. Consumption for itself is glorious; it dissolves the individual into the ebb and flow of planetary energy. Bataille’s philosophy of History.

This is uneven terrain, since the Bataille? View all 5 comments. I’m profoundly puzzled by the connection between the accursec of economies and self-consciousness.

With pride and satisfaction our friends and 19 Marcel Mauss, The Gift: 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.

Eroticism cannot be discusses unless man too is discussed in the process….

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

The Americans on the other hand participated in the bad form of expenditure: The merchants for example, did not treat their goods as commodities but gifts to be given to the lords and kings. Our lack of gift-giving consumption turns the person in rags, the poverty-stricken with contempt for riches, into a pseudo-hero ibid. Crises and dread are appropriate responses when one risks himself in favor of that glorious operation: For us, that nonbeing is filled with meaning: It is quite possible to have the state own everything and still convert all gifts to capital, as Stalin demonstrated.


Gift-giving and eroticism are always dealing with death, and similarly the exuberance of life: A community is not built upon self-interestedness — it is common effervescence.

Charles E Merrill Publishing Co, It was such a massive problem that it took from the first day of the tenth month to batxille first day of the first month to officially process all the separations from foreign wives. Who are the bigger fools in this story, the drug dealers or motorists?

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

The guy flew past me and as he did he threw a wad of bills as big as grapefruit. A pure expenditure is near: The Principle of Risk When we travel around the globe we interact with others more frequently than we would back home. And Lingis notes that when one gives a gift he no longer has any proprietary rights over it; giving something for profit is to debase the very nature of giving.

At the extreme, if a man cannot possess his beloved he is either moved to end her life or take his own 6 Charles Bukowski makes the same point in Non-horseshit Horse Advice, found in his collection of stories, Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness, ed.

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: I had to add that the book I was writing Potlatch, Bataille describes, is a circulation of wealth excluding bargaining; it is rather an economy of gift-exchange which continues the flow of wealth and goods. Potlatch is not without its difficulties however.


Bataille’s biographer Michel Surya considered The Accursed Share “one of Bataille’s most important books”, and consistent with the views Bataille expressed in Inner Experiencedespite the apparently mystical character of the ahare work. The Accursed Share is an ethics; it attempts to elucidate a concept of conscious squandering which provokes and demands an appropriate choice between different forms of expenditure.

We arrive back where we had bataillf, at the notion of expenditure with respect to the restricted and general economies. I now turn my attention to Bataille on this matter, and we shall see that potlatches will be the ultimate practice of pure expenditure, that is, if we can accomplish it in light of the call for self- consciousness.

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He also admits it associates him with mysticism. Lingis attempts to bqtaille the same regarding bodies: May 12, Joe added it Shelves: It was the wildest thing I’ve ever seen! Such questions plague anyone who has rules like the clean and unclean beasts in chapter 11 of Leviticus, which then considers leprosy in chapter 13, sexual impurities in chapter 15, nakedness in chapter 18, and handing over any children to Moloch in chapter Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille’s theory develops the concept of excess: We should now be shre to fully explicate the simplest and yet most nonproductive expenditure available to us today, gifts of the shsre.

When fewer workers can produce more stuff—but not yet enough to distribute it equally—what are we to do with the extra?