Masochism: Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and cruelty and Leo- pold von Sacher- Masoch, Venus in furs. Tr. Jean McNeil. New York: Zone Books, Pp. May 27, Accordingly Deleuze analyzes and psychoanalyzes Sacher-Masoch’s novel, Venus in Furs, which appears in a new translation as the second. In the context of their discussion of critics’ exploration of the homosexual elements of A la recherche du temps perdu in their Anti-Oedipus, Gilles Deleuze and.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And while it deals with passionate cruelty it, unlike books by Sade, captures unbridled desire and an inflamed heart. A second and third type of women also get mentioned by Deleuze as stages in Bachofen’s theory of how people were converted to patriarchal hierarchies. Deleuze is a key figure coldenss postmodern French philosophy. The climax, while contrived and somewhat predictable, is stunning in its debasement.

I loved this book. Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art. Read reviews that mention venus in furs deleuze essay masochism text freud literature sade.

All of this is turbid and “”Beneath the sound and fury of sadism and masochism the terrible copdness of repetition is at work. But this leads to the penultimate chapter, “Humor, Irony and the Law. Retrieved from ” https: Difficult to absorb the concepts as it propels one into the subconsious.


Thinking about contracts to cover what is about to happen can be devilish. Another of Deleuze’s claims for the novel is its “”frozen suspense”” as Wanda his wife assumed her name in real life appears in “”The supple furs which greedily caressed her cold marble body.

It is always incredible to read a genre-starter maybe there is a better word for it?

This book is Deleuze argumenting against sadomachocism as a clinical term, something he does rather successfully imo, but all the while using Freudian terms that I suspect are somewhat outdated. Preview — Masochism by Gilles Deleuze.

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Thought-provoking, stimulating and at times humorous. Words that become labels for behavior or symptoms of a syndrome are like Lenny Bruce on trial for trying to be funny.

The story of my past life. Deleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school, but didn’t. See 1 question about Masochism….


The victim cannot be masochistic, not merely because the libertine would be irked if she were to experience pleasure, but because the victim of the sadist belongs entirely to the world of sadism. The best extended work on the subject that I have read, full of philosophical and literary allusions. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Moore notes that Masoch was displeased to have a psychiatric category named coldnes him by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and that Deleuze conflates this psychiatric labelling with Masoch’s coldnes view of his desire as ‘super-sensualism’.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs by Gilles Deleuze

It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left. I can’t say that in future inquiries I’ll likely be adducing Masoch as a model of fulfilling intimacy or Deleuze as a satisfying theoretical touchstone. I was looking for a note numbered 11 that is not on the pages that I could see with Look Inside This Book.


Both have political implications. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Ronald Bogue writes that while Deleuze addresses traditional literary questions in Masochism: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. One of the easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by Liked it.

Also, one might say, in a Deleuzian manner, that an obsession with coldness is actually an obsession with an absent warmness. Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg. Aug 25, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was ok Shelves: So I would recommend this book if you’re interested in the subject, are deep into Deleuze, or possibly shallowly into Deleuze and don’t want to tackle the big hard books yet, or want to schizoanalyze some frustrating bullshit love life you have and find Freud and his minions far too rigid.

However, sometimes it is the patient’s name that denotes the illness, as in the case of Masochism and Sadism.