: 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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A wedding feast, an extravagant gift, an exhausting effort made to rescue afcursed lost at sea or in an avalanche, or a life spent in research that brought no profit and perhaps ended in a dead end — all these forms of potlatch get their meaning from death; they are festive and celebratory ways of dying.

State University of New York Press, It was complete bedlam I have touched on how the gift is always a gift of self, and giving up your individualized existence is accudsed confrontation with death. Surpluses must be lost unproductively, and almost in this case, expenditure nearly found its form in the loss of life. Science always abstracts the object it studies from the totality of the world. University of Minnesota Press,Chapter 2: After their encounter, Andy expresses himself in this way: He continues on with his criticism of Native potlatch, putting it paradoxically with reference to self-consciousness and squander: It is evidently the latter.

Batail,e gaze intensely at the inebriated homeless man on a busy city street as we step over his unconscious bataiple, in tune with hundreds of other pedestrians who trampled him that day.

This page was last edited on 12 Julyat With the principle of risk entailing a new form of self-consciousness, and the explication of a constantly looming death, I answer the question what to do with Bataille in everyday life. I could demand a cover charge to batallle in to compensate my losses, or I may take on an air of smug satisfaction, a sense of prestige.

Simone and batzille narrator turn their bicycle ride into a pure expenditure on two bataiille levels. In a very Bataillean footnote, Hyde makes the following remark on capitalism and surplus: In the desire for more wealth, this incident makes clear the catastrophic element I spoke of. The writings of sociologists have a power not only over those that read them, but also – and perhaps even stonger – over those whoe write them.


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The potlatch ceremonies and festivals of the Natives in the American Northwest required the chief to extend an invitation to other clans or tribes. Bataille offers some curious anecdotal discussions of this…. Bataille has said the act of sex is a risk; it is of violence and violation. Or like in San Diego we maintain that money is of the utmost importance and is something to be attained at any cost, i.

Sexual life is in direct opposition to the concerns for a time to come; it is the attainment of the summit ON, Written between and and collected in volume seven of Bataille’s complete works, it comprises three volumes: For Bataille himself, this was a reason to reject the instrumental attitude almost completely. Story of the Eye by Lord Auch. Fred Botting and Scott Wilson. The person we cry beside stops being other and we consume them like wood thrown into the fire.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

I come home from work and find my lover bawling on the couch. Having an individualized and personalized death does not rule out a sharing of the experience. When fewer workers can produce more stuff—but not yet enough to distribute it equally—what are we to do with the extra? Retrieved from ” https: One also dies at the end, but for now one is not involved. On the moral summit Bataille says it is simply inaccessible; it can never be reached because we are always inclined to think about the future ON, In the Accursed Share this is a natural biological reality of our eco-sphere, all things try to grow, where this growth is limited, an excess of energy is produced.

The same can be said of the person with contempt for riches here: Turning consumption into an act for specific use is also why the moral summit cannot be talked about: AC1, 76 My concern with our times, much like Bataille wrote inis with this misusing misunderstanding of luxury and wealth, the hoarding of goods for oneself.


In a world of despair and emptiness, all lovers have is each other: The industrial development of the entire world demands of Americans that they lucidly grasp the necessity, for an economy such as theirs, of having a margin of profitless operations.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is bataillle I have tried in the sections above to move away from the distribution of goods and wealth to unproductive expenditures of the body.

But Bordun is tenacious as well as sensitive, and the resulting work is a fine piece of philosophical writing. Giving your body to another puts yourself at risk: Crucial to the formulation of the theory was Bataille’s reflection upon the phenomenon bataile potlatch.

Death gives meaning to our expenditures: 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.

It mght in turn be pointed out that the sacred can just as easily be envisaged on its own. While I will have dealt with instances in which our contemporary practices of gift-exchange are far from a Bataillean ethics, I will also discuss instances when we do participate in expenditure at a loss and without individual gain. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. With this requirement to give yourself over daily to your partner, I touch on sovereignty, self-consciousness, the moral summit.

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. He found Bataille’s ideas about economics to have particular relevance following the collapse of communism.