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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Bataille thus prescribed perversion accurzed indolence as an alternative, which is why he was able to write provocative and gripping political economic theory as well as surreal fetishistic pornography.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Contrast this utilitarian decision with kidney transplants. Bataille presents a new economic theory which geeorges calls “general economy,” as distinct from the “restricted” economic perspective of most economic theory. More will be said of the dissolution of self below, in the section on death and intimacy. Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life.

In Eroticism geoges 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 writings on surrealism and the sacred e. One of these items ships sooner than the other.


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. For this reason rank and power remain separate: London and Sterling, VA: When we are batailke love we must consistently act out our love.

On the whole a society always produces more than is necessary for its survival; it has a surplus at its disposal.

Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share

A capitalist ethic — valuing utility, production, and conservation — today just like in the past, demands a squandering of excesses lest catastrophes result; but many partake in a manner that forgoes a conscious relinquishing of energies at a loss, a neglect of expending without individual gain. Certainly, at first sight, this seems false.

It is not surprising to look back on our travels and discover they were often filled with sexual adventures. Lingis attempts to say the same regarding bodies: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Hereafter cited as NE.

In Volumes 2 and 3 Bataille extends the argument to eroticism and sovereignty, respectively. What do we do with the remainder? It is quite possible to have the state own everything and still convert all gifts to capital, as Stalin demonstrated.

Beyond its defined limits—in time and space—this existence or being no longer exists, no longer is. These San Diego motorists already had excesses to relinquish. Oxford University Press, Science studies one question by itself. 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.


In modern society, people who are not talented enough to be known by millions of people are nobodies. For Bataille, ‘the sexual act is what the tiger is in space’.

Civilizations have succeeded in tapping into and utilizing these sources of energy in a productive way. Intimacy appears as an equaling of states between the sufferer and me. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: The idea of limits is pressed by Stoekl into two alternatives, either an ignorance there of or transgression there of.

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We expend our energies in a flood of tears. The Accursed Share is considered one of the most important of Bataille’s books.

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