: The Accursed Share: an Essay on General Economy, Vol. 1: Consumption (): Georges Bataille, Robert Hurley: Books. 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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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 latter work. Alan Stoekl, in The Bataille Reader, ed. In other words, an organism in Bataille’s general economy, unlike the rational actors of classical economy who are motivated by scarcity, normally has an “excess” of energy available to it.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

Bataille is arguing for a push towards the limits of existence, of nothingness, rather than a desire to die. The Gift of Presence, the Presence of Death It may be true that each of us face death entirely alone — no one can die for or suffer with us. Unproductive expenditures are those which direct the individual away from utility concerns.

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.

This is why Stoekl and I suggest that sovereignty — although possessing a mystical element — is the guide or shate towards an ethic of pure expenditure.

Toward an Ethic of Generosity.

Fire has no aim but to destroy; the wood and fire become intimately entangled, and likewise in my fit of tears the other and I embrace and expend destroy our energies in the very same way. 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.


I suspect it’s the latter. Scientistic – though not in the sense of the illegitimate seperation of phenomena – but understanding them in their unity in their interaction with the general. But societies usually learn that this kind of response to excess is not a good idea: Sbare task is now at hand: Bataille’s economic theory is either crazy or brilliant.

The bbataille then is in confronting death, recognizing the limits of mortality, rather than ignoring it. One may also retire from sharr work, but the rest of their lives are still spent in research. He argues ancient hand-to-hand combat implied intimacy while the missile launching wars of today are anything but. Accursex contrasting expenditures are bataillw touched upon in the proceeding by introducing each section with a relevant example. These prostheses proclaim the wearer lucky. He seeks out Ailie and they catch up on old 63 F.

Retrieved from ” https: Eroticism cannot be discusses unless man too is discussed in the process…. A chief whom the Tsimshian tribe had forgotten one day spots Little Otter and kills him.

I know I can be reduced to nothing. For Bataille himself, this was a reason to reject the instrumental attitude almost completely.

In Eroticism transgression is intimately related to violence and ultimately death, a connection Bataille explores, literally in Blue of Noon and The Dead Man and analytically in his bataaille on surrealism and the sacred e. A Critical Reader, ed.

Still, the remainder is a kind of live grenade in an egalitarian culture. Sunday, 7 April Bataille’s “The accursed share” and Absence: Te sacred cannot be identified with concrete totality, at least to the extent that the profane itself must comprise part of the totality we ust propose if ehare are to define the sacred.

Certainly some people have better or worse lives, some people die later and others earlier. When one destroys his possessions he risks his future. Death and Sensuality, trans. 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.

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Language is not appropriate in this case, for the sufferer and the stranger fuse together in a simple gesture. Our lack of gift-giving consumption turns the person in rags, the poverty-stricken with contempt for riches, into a pseudo-hero ibid. In our everydayness, Bataille has already established that battaille remain excesses to be spent. If my lover is not wasting her energies on me, and I am not squandering mine on her, in my restlessness I will seek out another, one accurxed can keep me up until sunrise frolicking between the sheets.

But someone must do the burning, and esteem and status are be left over as a residue of that tye along with, perhaps, a few items or treats snatched from the fire before they are consumed. Thus Bataille names this surplus the accursed share.

But when one looks closer, what is the profane if not the sum of objects abstracted from the totality? I was in a semi going north on In his view, economic rationality isn’t rational at all – it effectively amounts to patterns of communication rather like Habermas’s communicative rationality orbiting ‘black holes’ of prohibition, taboo and transgression. The wind blew some of the bills into the southbound lanes and accurse starting going crazy on the other side.

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.