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Accursed Share: Volumes 2 and 3 (Zone)

by Georges Bataille, trans. Robert Hurley Zone Books
Pub Date:
10/1993
ISBN:
9780942299212
Format:
Pbk 464 pages
Price:
AU$66.00 NZ$69.57
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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The three volumes of The Accursed Share address what Georges Bataille sees as the paradox of utility: namely, if being useful means serving a further end, then the ultimate end of utility can only be uselessness. In the second and third volumes, The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty , Bataille explores the same paradox of utility from an anthropological and an ethical perspective, respectively. The History of Eroticism analyzes the fears and fascination, the prohibitions and transgressions attached to the realm of eroticism as so many expressions of the 'uselessness' of erotic life.
' The Accursed Share is a brilliant Product of loony-toons coupling of critical genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics, Hegel 'n' Nietzsche studies, mysticism, anthropology, and sun worship.... This strange and impressive book should not be ignored.' Erik Davis , Voice Literary Supplement (review of volume I) Zone
Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher whose works include The Story of the Eye, The Blue of Noon, The Accursed Share, and Theory of Religion.