The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume II: The History of Eroticism and Volume III: Sovereignty
Author: Georges Bataille, Robert Hurley
Publisher: Zone Books
Release Date: October 04, 1993
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.