– 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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It does draw out a contrast: Books by Gilles Deleuze. Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The three women in Masoch are the 1 primitive, uterine or hetaeric mother, 2 the punishing, Oedipal mother and 3 the nurturing oral mother.

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Deleuze analyzes sadism and masochism as separate literary entities, covering their underlying political agendas, aligning Sade with the Revolution of and Masoch with the Revolutions of Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused. A book I’d like to compare this to that I’ve read recently is Bataille’s Maeochism 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.

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

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Published March 19th by Zone Books first published January 1st Who knows, since it’s as unknowable as God. But I read Sade recently, and as of today I’m still married, so it was time to find out just how much of a Masochist I must be.


Later in his career he wrote some of the more infamous texts of the period, in particular, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. Retrieved from ” https: Aug 26, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I highly enjoyed Sacher-Masoch’s prose. These two types correspond to the medieval notion of traffic with the devil: All and all killer text, though, and a great edition to boot.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. Aug 25, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was ok Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Feb 24, Lily Simonson rated it really liked it. It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim. Read this and it will get you thinking rhizomatously about the world in terms of sadistic and masochistic situations.

Only the victim can describe torture; the torturer necessarily uses the hypocritical language of established order and power.

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

And also because I liked the Deleuze so much more than the Masoch. However, sometimes it is the patient’s name that denotes the illness, as in the case of Masochism and Sadism. 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. mxsochism

And then after is an even worse chapter on the Freudian implications 57 ff. On the last point, though: The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years msaochism 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 Very Poor psychoanalysis mostly stemming from false assumptions and fallacies of the human sexuality.

I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Freud and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not a replacement for case studies. Angelaki 14 3November Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology.


The writing style- short, dispersed sections that skip over certain points of plot and character development – leans more on the experimental side. The novel is more of a lugubrious melodrama than a racy romance. Apr 01, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: The victim cannot be masochistic, not merely because deeleuze libertine would be irked if she were to experience deleuuze, but because the victim of the sadist belongs entirely to the world of sadism.

Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art. 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. Cover of the first edition.

The clinical riddle of masochism proper is not entirely separate from questions of mundane submissiveness and passivity, but they ought not be conflated.

If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different masodhism acts. 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.

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”.

He also shows the emancipatory potential of each, favoring masochism’s contracts over sadism’s institutions.

A must read for anyone interested in good literary criticism