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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MASOCHISM: An Interpretation of Coldness & Cruelty by Gilles Deleuze | Kirkus Reviews

I bet they’re not. Radically distinguishing psychological from sensual masochism for a moment, the sad fatalism is summarized in tones echoing Dostoyevsky’s unforgettable “Make us your slaves, but give us bread! However, sometimes it is the patient’s name that denotes the illness, as in the case of Masochism and Sadism. I inhaled this book and several otherswrote about 30 pages, consulted with the ancient visiting Kafka delueze whose class I’d been taking, wrote another dozen pages, then realized I’d rather put out my own eyes than write any more on this vaguely creepy topic.


The novel itself, for which Deleuze makes the exalted claim of deleuzr “”exalted,”” is a strange residual of “”pornology”” i. If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts.

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I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: Ronald Bogue writes that while Deleuze addresses traditional literary questions in Masochism: Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity. In terms of clinical analysis of sadism and masochism, I still prefer Lacan, but this is a great critical contribution. This is achieved by inducing the hetaeric mother to betray and provoking the Oedipal mother to punish.

One, because I want to read books this year and I think counting these as two separate books is fair. Sacher-Masoch’s prose is beyond all help, however; it’s a shame that something so hot in theory is so boring in practice, but then Deleuze, reputed to be among the most vanilla of French theorists in his own personal life, must appreciate that.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. A book I’d like to compare this to that I’ve read recently is Bataille’s Erotism; while Bataille borrowed extensively from writers like Nietzsche for his conceptual approach Erotism is basically a horny The Birth of Tragedyhis ambitions were quite high and he surveyed eroticism and religion extensively. This is a bipartite work by a professor at the University of Paris designed primarily to show that sado-masochism is a portmanteau term, that masochism has been considered only as an adjunct to sadism and that, accordingly, Leopold yon Sacher-Masoch has been totally neglected.

And then after is an even worse chapter on the Freudian implications 57 ff. In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing subjects Here, Deleuze goes his own way, haphazardly builds his own conceptual approach, but is very humble and restrained in the material he covers.

Feb 15, Adam rated it liked it. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Furs and whips are optional. Read this and it will get you thinking rhizomatously about the world in terms of sadistic and masochistic situations.

Words that become labels for behavior or symptoms qnd a syndrome are like Lenny Bruce on trial for trying to be funny. Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One will move you more powerfully than the rest and it will become like an obsession – write it down!!

Additionally, according to Deleuze and his concepts of difference, there is no identity, and in repetition, nothing is ever the same. However, the chapter “Humor, Irony and the Law” stands out as some of his best writing. To it, I’d give the full five stars. In his stunning essay, Coldness and Cruelty, Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of the late 19th-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.


I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Releuze and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg.

Takes time to reflect on one’s behaviors and others which allows the reader to examine the duality of the experience. So far, really exciting perspective on Sade vs.

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In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing subjects dealing with arts, law, literature, ideologies and human sexuality. Want to Read saving…. Cuz we all must be, more or less, now that Sade’s prescription for universal prostitution has been enshrined as economic dogma and daily routine for both sexes.

The Movement Image Cinema 2: Maybe not everyone would be comfortable with Deleuze’s characterization of sadists as mathematician-like and machinistic and masochists as more purely engaged in education and devotion, but Crurlty like it! Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text.

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However, the differences in Sade and Masoch are not of complementarity but of constituting completely different worlds. Although the entire constellation of symbols that has come to characterize the masochistic syndrome can be found here – fetishes, whips, disguises, fur-clad women, contracts, humiliations, punishment, and always the volatile presence of a terrible coldness – these do not eclipse the singular power of Masoch’s eroticism.

Deleuze starts off by first moving from the clinical practice of associating proper names to diseases Parkinson’s and Roger’s disease for instance.

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