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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Most Anglo-American readers know Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed Share provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. Here he uses his unique acxursed theory as the basis for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization.
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Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille’s theory develops the concept of excess: The result is a brilliant blend of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that challenges both mainstream economics and ethnology.
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I am taking an extremely dim view I was thinking about theology, but the final sentence of volume 1 mentions teleology, an antiquated teleology, at that, instead of THE ACCURSED SHARE by Georges Bataille by limiting my review to those issues that were mentioned in Ezra, which I believe was written at the time that the earliest books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, were compiled in the form some people are familiar with today.
The first section of Leviticus, The Ritual of Sacrifice, in chaptersconcludes with a portion for Aaron and his sons by orders of Yahweh binding the sons of Israel for all generations. Ezra opens with Cyrus King of Persia declaring that the temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt and returning vessels of the temple which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem. On the final page of notes, the question, “Why deny the fact that there can no longer be a true initiative toward independence on the part of countries other than the USSR or the USA?
As the millionaire who has spent the most to advertise his views in the states with early presidential primaries, Mitt Romney has proudly proclaimed the greatness of America, but the underlying structure of the political hierarchy is similar in nature to the parallels between Ezra and Bataille’s ACCRSED SHARE. Chapters 9 and 10 of Ezra deal with a problem like the desire of people to move to the United States in order to make more money today.
It was reported, “The people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, have not broken with the natives of the countries who are steeped in abominations–Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites–but have found wives among these foreign women for themselves and for their sons; the holy race has been mingling with the natives of the countries; in this act of treachery the chief men and officials have led the way.
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. This reminded me of Aztec customs which linked the victims to “The individual who brought back a captive had just as much of a share in the sacred office as the priest. A first bowl of the victim’s blood, drained from the wound, was offered to the sun by the priests.
A second bowl was collected by the sacrificer.
The latter would go before bztaille images of the gods and wet their lips with the warm blood. The body of the sacrificed was his by right; he would carry it home, setting aside the head, and the rest would be eaten at a banquet, cooked without salt or spices — but eaten by the invited guests, not by the sacrificer, who regarded his victim as a son, as a second self.
At the dance that ended the feast, the warrior would hold the victim’s head in his hand. Certainly the Aztecs were more harsh than the restrictions which the federal government wishes to put on drivers licenses in New York for those who are not American citizens or authorized by the United States government sshare live within the United States.
The question of who is who here can have numerous answers, like questions about whether waterboarding is torture, or how acxursed detained in Iraq compare to illegal combatants. Even a nominee for Attorney General might wish to equivocate about certain questions. Bataille picture people in Tibet willing to maintain a large number of monasteries to keep the young men from serving in an army.
Even after the reforms of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, a family of nobles complained of having had a son commissioned as an officer. I was drafted once myself, so I read about these things after years of not knowing if I would serve in Nam; then, after I got to Nam, I was even told to go to Cambodia.
Though Nixon thought sending troops into Cambodia might make Vietnam safer init was also a risky move for those who were on helicopters that crashed. The feeling generated by such changes in the expectations associated with my ultimate objective is described by Bataille: The victim is a surplus taken from the mass of useful wealth.
And he can only be withdrawn from it in shrae to be consumed profitlessly, and therefore utterly destroyed.
Once chosen, he is the accursed share, destined for violent consumption. But the curse tears him away from the order of things; it gives him a recognizable figure, which now radiates intimacy, anguish, the profundity of living beings. In modern society, people who are not talented enough to be known by millions of people are nobodies. John Lennon was not entirely unwelcome in New York City; he was merely shot down in batajlle street.
Government has become so awful at facing any kind of issue, Congress after World War II attempted to define a c. The Department of Justice was not 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. Such questions plague anyone who has rules like the clean and unclean beasts in chapter 11 of Leviticus, which then considers leprosy in chapter 13, sexual impurities in chapter 15, nakedness in chapter 18, and handing over any children to Moloch in chapter There are things which must not be worshiped: It does not directly prohibit saluting the flag or pledging allegiance, but anyone who doesn’t is likely to be sacrificed in shaer other way, like John Lennon certainly georged, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share
The interest that is usually conferred on my books is of a literary sort and this was doubtless to be expected: One cannot as a matter of fact class them in a pre-defined genre. I had to add that the book I was writing The history of life on earth is mainly the effect of a accursef exuberance; the dominant event is the development of luxury, the production of increasingly burdensome forms of life.
On the whole geeorges society always produces more than is necessary for its survival; it has a surplus at its disposal.
It is precisely the use it makes of the surplus that determines it: The surplus is the cause of the agitation, of the structural changes and of the entire history of society. But the surplus has more than one outlet, the most common of which is growth Thwarted, demographic growth becomes military; it is forced to engage ehare conquest. Once the military limit is reached, the surplus has the sumptuary forms of religion as an outlet, along with the games and spectacles that derive therefrom, or personal luxury.
In actual fact, war is bound to occur. Mankind will move peacefully toward a general resolution of its problems only if this threat causes the U. See all 11 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn geirges about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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