– Criticism and interpretation. 3· Masochism in literature. 4· Sadism in literature. I. Deleuze, Gilles. Presentation de Sacher-Masoch, le froid et le cruel. Gilles Deleuze. MASOCHISM. An Interpretation of Coldness and Cruelty together with the entire text of. VENUS IN FURS by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Masochism: Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and cruelty and Leo- pold von Sacher- Masoch, Venus in furs. Tr. Jean McNeil. New York: Zone Books, Pp.

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Apr 01, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: Therefore, Deleuze’s work aims to show the geniality of Masoch books which is quite frequently misunderstood or simply ignored.

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

There is not, as he repeats and repeats and repeats, a single sadomasochistic complex. Nov 10, Alex Yang rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is completely fresh; not bending itself to adhere to anything but itself. Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the mqsochism is singular and focused. Looking back, maybe I masochhism kind of a wimp. Mar 18, Samelu Binumcole rated it really liked it. In the Foreword Deleuze states that Masoch has a particular way of “desexualising love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity”.

Sade uses a language of descriptions that aim at demonstration, whereas Masoch uses the description for a higher function, one of persuasion and education. Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. This is the world described by Kafka. Aug 18, Madelyn rated it it was ok Shelves: The cycle was to treat a series of themes including love, war, and death.

Sep 15, Islam Khatib added it. Deleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school, but didn’t. How do you explain Kafka and friends overcome with laughter at Kafka’s reading of The Trial? It borders some accurate and illuminating facts about masochism and its relation with other things including sadism, and also other subjects like morals and politics and so on.


Deleuze did a great job on analysing and presenting sadism and masochism in a clear and addressable way to demystifies the misnomer of sadomachoism. However, the differences in Sade and Masoch are not of complementarity but of constituting completely different worlds. The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: Who knows, since it’s as unknowable as God.

I never realized masochism and politics go so well together. He also attempts to develop a problematic of masochism in contradistinction to sadism, concluding that the two forms of ‘pornology’ are non-communicating, and cannot be integrated into Sadomasochistic entity.

It makes the book much more subversive in between the lines. And then after is an even worse chapter on the Freudian implications 57 ff. The climax, while contrived and somewhat predictable, is stunning in its debasement.

It makes the book much more s Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity. Moore notes that Masoch was displeased to have a psychiatric category named after him by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and that Deleuze conflates this psychiatric labelling with Masoch’s own view of his desire as ‘super-sensualism’.

You may need to fill in some dots yourself; that’s fun, to a degree. 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.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Paperbackpages. Deleuze also distinguishes between attitudes towards the paternal and maternal images in the two systems. Mar 30, Conrad rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 31, Alim faraji rated it really liked it.

Deleuze’s section of this book 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. Jan 03, Maybellestyle rated it really liked it.


Yet I find both “subject of this book” and “the method of Deleuze proceeding in that subject” quite fascinating. It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim. Mar 07, Whitney rated it really liked it.

Riveting and of course at times more then a little terrifying. I did a creative thesis inste Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book. History of medicine, says Deleuze, can be regarded as a history of the illness leprosy, plague that dies and changes over time, and a history of the symptomatology.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [who has pdf vertion of this book to send me? I love that Venus in Furs comes second and, of course, I really love that Dara Birnbaum did the cover.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty – Wikipedia

Gilles Deleuze began his career with a number of idiosyncratic yet rigorous historical studies of figures outside of the Continental tradition in vogue at the time. Furs and whips are optional. 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 Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This friend, brilliant as ever, describes for us the masochism others receive from novel reading she is unwilling to allow herself, “The increasing delay in the plot: The question “Why do people hug their chains? Very Poor psychoanalysis mostly stemming from false assumptions and fallacies of the human sexuality.

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