Georges Bataille () was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share. In George Bataille’s three volume The Accursed Share, he imagines a primitive subsistence society that gathers just a little more food or other. This essay addresses Georges Bataille as a historical thinker by concentrating on The Accursed Share (three volumes, ), the text.

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Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work. Indiana University Press, Refresh and try again. This is uneven terrain, since the Bataille? For the Natives the ideal would be a potlatch that could not be repaid — this would be the ultimate attainment of rank.

The gift, no matter what its content or form, is always a gift of self, bringing with it the presence of death. This truth destroys those who have taken it for what it is not; the least that one can say is that the present forms of wealth make a shambles and a human mockery of those who think they own it.

A major and badly ‘overlooked’ book. It was hours later, tossing about my bed in the hotel, that I realized what was the matter, what had always been the matter — I was deeply and incurably in love with her. Superabundant, it always overflows and undoes the particulars it endows.

Motorists stopped to scoop up the bills, but police say officers recovered most of the money.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share – anotherpanacea

The erotic and the sacred can not be studied anyless in isolation that man and his society. Brown credited Bataille with providing “a first sketch” of a necessary “post-Marxist science of political economy” in The Accursed Share.

Contrast this account with the general economy. Gifts are in acursed a good kind of expenditure, but the consequences and motives of gift-exchange often get in the way.


Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

The former is a theory of the deficiency of resources while the latter looks at the excesses of resources and accursee the individual and society at large makes of its surpluses AC1, We can know what this self-consciousness is negatively speaking, and ‘silence’ is the key.

For Bataille, ‘the sexual act is what the tiger is in space’. The accursed share is this remainder that escapes utility yet is always present.

Bataille consciously construes an epistemic totality that aims not at the isolated particularity of individual economic events, but one that is sahre regulated by an idea that all organic behaviour is based upon similar principles, in this case a superabundance of energy.

Where the book becomes extremely interesting is in its implication that the structure of society is inherently tied to the methods it uses to deal with the accursed share: At this point the excess energy must be spent unproductively: Through the examination of historical data, Bataille proposes that the definitive structure of human cultures can be found in how they deal with this primary excess.

The prestige or rank one attains from his squandering, like I said of Singer, transforms expenditures into servile use. We must win over our partner again and again through physical, material, and emotional expenditures, for we stand to lose our lover if we fail 8 Cf.

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A Very Short Introduction. Shxre movement…’that of excess energy, translated into the effervescence of life’. They often develop techniques for expending their growth, like potlatch gift ceremonies, monastic non-working sects, or invasion of other countries.

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. In these cases no communication transpires between oneself and others in that location; we sit on the beach or beneath the Eiffel Tower conversing about the scenery with georhes spouse or friends.


But a question remains; suppose that the sacred, far from being, like the other objects of science, sbject to separation, is defined as the exact opposite of abstract objects things, tools, and clearly definable elementsprecisely as the concrete totality itself is resistant to it.

But as a lesson in the totality there is definitely the coincidence of the desire for geodges and its discovery in the science.

He sees human reason and culture as servile to a base pragmatism that fails to take seriously the teleological issues with our efforts to perpetuate endless growth.

George Allen and Unwin, To move away from capitalism is not to change the form of ownership from the few to the many, but to cease turning so much surplus into capital, that is, to treat most increase as a gift.

As a framework, it strikes me as particularly important for those who work on political economy, like an artist using a camera obscura to see a scene differently for more accurate drawing or painting.

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

When fewer workers can produce more stuff—but not yet enough to distribute it equally—what are we to do with the extra? We expend our energies in a flood of tears. Bataille indeed says just that, in rather poetic language: Changing from the perspectives of restrictive economy to those of general economy actually accomplishes a Copernican transformation: So we find intimacy on a large scale in the equal distribution of energy wealthor at the personal level between individuals recklessly expending their energy, e.

On the latter Hyde brings in the case of the Ford Pinto.