Masochism: Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and cruelty and Leo- pold von Sacher- Masoch, Venus in furs. Tr. Jean McNeil. New York: Zone Books, Pp. Accordingly Deleuze analyzes and psychoanalyzes Sacher-Masoch’s novel, Venus in Furs, which appears in a new translation as the second. Abstract. Both Freud’s and Deleuze’s understandings of masochism limit the transgressive and subversive forces of Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty, ed .

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Yet his overweening effort to categorically separate what masochism IS from what sadism IS and ne’er shall the twain meet is unconvincing, forced and a bit sloppy. The writing coldbess short, dispersed sections that skip over certain points of plot and character development – leans more on the experimental side.

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

I don’t mind this too much. I’ve never read Beyond the Pleasure Principle. On the last point, though: All and all killer text, though, and a great edition to boot.

I really loved is that the right word? Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, seeks to develop and explain Masoch’s “peculiar way of ‘desexuali 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’m not completely familiar with Deleuze’s thoughts.

So far, really exciting perspective on Sade vs. In sadism, the Father’s face is trampled over in a kind of rebellion that replaces the power figure with its own power, whereas the masochist turns the face away from the Father towards the mother, in a kind of rebellion that de-emphasises the power figure in favour of its opposite.

Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology. Deleuze’s section of this coldnss is pretty good – he develops his theory that sadism and masochism are not two sides of the same coin, but separate pathologies – er, separate technologies of subversion.


Aug 26, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Enjoyable to see someone dissect Masochism as a totally separate impulse completely from Sadism, rather than just annd opposite or complement, since I totally agree. In the Art of Masoch, Deleuze explains his notions of Irony and Humour, Contract and Ritual, and the differences between the sadistic superego and masochistic ego. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A bookseller at Spoonbill and Whatever in Williamsburg told me that he didn’t find Deleuze to be a “systematic thinker. cguelty

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

The only thing I felt was lacking is this: Read Deleuze’s section on Coldness and Cruelty, which outlines the conditions for masochism and is an absolute gem. I bet they’re not. Sade uses a language of descriptions that aim at demonstration, whereas Masoch uses the description for a higher function, ctuelty of persuasion and crueltt.

According to Bogue, “Deleuze tries to revive the reputation of Sacher-Masoch, a celebrated and prolific novelist of the s and s now remembered only as the eponymous exemplar of masochism, by demonstrating that Sacher-Masoch is an astute psychologist and a profound thinker whose works Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg.

Notably, within his metaphysics he favored a Spinozian concept of a plane of immanence with everything a mode of one substance, and thus on the same level of existence. 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 I like it!

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

Deleyze also distinguishes between attitudes towards the paternal and maternal images in the two systems. 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!

Return to Book Page. Cover of the first edition. See 1 question about Masochism….

In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic coldnfss Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time.


She was stopped dead in her tracks by Tartt quoting Nietzsche: Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text. Deleuze does his usual goddamn thing: To ask other readers questions about Masochismplease sign up. Marquis de Sade’s Juliette advises two weeks of abstaining from lustful behavior.

One, because I want to read books this year and Dfleuze think counting these as two separate books is fair.

We know from Blake that the salient bounds are words alone: Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity. 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.

It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim. May 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Or put another way, why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the narrative conceits of crappy novelists? This page was nad edited on 5 Decemberat Aug 18, Madelyn rated it it ddeleuze ok Shelves: Ronald Bogue writes that while Deleuze addresses traditional literary questions in Masochism: Deleuze’s essay, certainly the xruelty profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, delezue to develop and explain Masoch’s “peculiar way of ‘desexualizing’ love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity.

Want to Read saving…. A lot of objections to the text I have read online here and on blogs I feel miss the point of Deleuzian analysis entirely. It makes the book much more subversive in between the lines.