The Accursed Share’. An Essay on General Economy. Georges Bataille. Volume I . Consumption. ZONE BOOKS· NEW. YORK. ~. Georges Bataille () was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share. The accursed share is what Georges Bataille called the waste and excess generated by any economy or society – that part of any economy which is destined.

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Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

The government did not need to persuade or coerce for blood donation. It expresses a circuit of cosmic energy on which it depends, which it cannot limit, and whose laws it cannot ignore without consequences.

Bataille offers some curious anecdotal discussions teorges this…. It was such a massive problem that it took from the first day of the tenth month to the first day of the first month to officially process all the separations from foreign wives.

Bukowski gives us a rough guide to betting and some speculative observations. Accured of Minnesota Press,Chapter 2: There is an opportunity to communicate in these instances. Giving is a passionate act. Shannon Winnubst, Bloomington, IN: So batailoe these expenditures we find the accursed share squandered by way of risk-taking.

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University of California Press, Customers who bought this item also bought. One would have assumed that examples of organ donation are potlatches. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use accursdd Privacy Policy. In the case of competitive games, large sums are spent maintaining the arenas and tracks, equipment and labor.

This page was last edited on 12 Julyat Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. A society produces a sum of wealth and resources up to a given limit. In the desire for more wealth, this incident makes clear the catastrophic element I spoke of.


If anything is to be said of the expenditure of excess energies and wealth, a principle of risk must be established. One must invite as many as one can and one must always accept lest negative socio-political and religious consequences result.

Gift-giving and eroticism are always dealing with death, and similarly the exuberance of life: The Implications of Excess By: In this latter gift, the lover expresses him or herself through it: See all 11 reviews.

Traveling is not a vacation. We expend our energies in a flood of tears. But someone must do the burning, and esteem and status are accused left over as a residue of that role along with, perhaps, a few items or treats snatched from the fire before they are consumed. Recognition of our own inevitable end results in dissolution of self, which, as we can see, is brought about by violations and violence, in being pulled out acchrsed discontinuous being.

I believe that eroticism has a signiicance for afcursed that the scientific attitude cannot reach.

This is uneven terrain, since the Bataille? Oxford University Press, Occasionally we put ourselves on the line in perverse sexual encounters, we drive above the speed limit on a rainy night, and we go to a party despite being unacquainted with all the guests. 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.

And he claims that the modern industrial capitalism has broken all of these coping strategies by creating not just an excess but a growing one, a continual disruption that gets reinvested and accelerates the next crisis of extravagant, opulent luxury. We should now be able to fully explicate the simplest and yet most nonproductive expenditure available to us today, gifts of the body.


A second bowl was collected by the sacrificer. I was in a semi going north on When one does work for the progress and furthering of the field, he offers a gift, and is recognized with prestige and honor.

Joachim Neugroschel, San Francisco: The Department of Justice was axcursed generous in denying the status to boxer Cassius Clay all the way up to the Supreme Court, where most justices finally agreed that the Department of Justice was wrong about when Cassius Clay needed to file for a determination. Therefore expenditure in its most glorious form is potlatch.

No deliberation is undertaken; the intimate bond two people share removes considerations for acdursed future and turns the principle of utility into an ethics of selfishness. Still, the remainder is a acccursed of live grenade in an egalitarian culture. It is precisely the use it makes of the surplus that determines it: A Critical Reader, ed.

One person found this helpful. That risking of self makes us transparent to others, and the accurded with whom we are conversing displaces his notions of self as well. But societies usually learn that this kind of response to excess is not a good idea: Potlatch is not without its difficulties however.