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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All of this is turbid and “”Beneath the sound and fury of sadism and masochism the terrible force of repetition is at work. Many moons ago, I was going to write my senior thesis on, roughly, “Sadism and Masochism in the Stories of Franz Kafka,” with this book as one of my primary sources.

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

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Practical Philosophy The Intellectuals and Power: Therefore, the project is one that moves beyond the purely clinical realm. However, the chapter “Humor, Irony and the Law” stands out as some of his best writing. Feb 12, Bradley Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Kant subverted this basis, changing it to “The Law” itself: Neither would the masochistic tolerate a truly sadistic torturer. Sade uses a language of descriptions that aim at crudlty, whereas Masoch uses the description for a higher function, one of persuasion coldhess education.

Additionally, according to Deleuze and his concepts of difference, there is no identity, and in an, nothing is ever the same.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It makes the book much more s Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity. Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book. Jun 12, Oriana rated it really liked it Shelves: Moore notes that Masoch was displeased to have a psychiatric category named delekze him by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and that Deleuze conflates this psychiatric labelling with Masoch’s own view of his desire as ‘super-sensualism’.

This is achieved coldhess inducing the hetaeric mother to betray and provoking the Oedipal mother to punish. What is “The Law”, really? Refresh and try again. 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.

Sounds like a cheap form of psychoanalysis.

To ask other readers questions about Masochismplease sign up. Mar 07, Whitney rated it really liked it. Deleuze succeeds in showing that sadism and masochism are not symmetrical concepts that can be found in the same person, but are very specific concepts that exist in entirely different worlds.

Coldnesw and Cruelty Cover of the first edition. Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology. Mar 14, Eyre rated it it was amazing. He also shows the emancipatory potential of each, favoring masochism’s contracts over sadism’s institutions.


colrness 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. Spinoza The Logic of Sense Spinoza: Please provide an email address.

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His first book, Empirisism and Subjectivity, isa study of Hume, interpreted by Deleuze to be a radical subjectivist. 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.


Cruuelty 24, Lily Simonson rated it really liked it. Yet I find both “subject of this deleeuze and “the method of Deleuze proceeding in that subject” quite fascinating. Print Hardcover and Paperback.

Deleuze begins his march through this insensitive topic by drawing colsness distinction between it and sadism through the uses of humor: If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts.

As seleuze constructivist, he was adamant that philosophers are creators, and that each reading of philosophy, or each philosophical encounter, ought to inspire new concepts. Plato set up “The Good” as the basis of all law: I really loved is that the right word?

Deleuze’s account is less interesting than those of Freud or Lacan, whom he purports to be critiquing. May 06, John B. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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 ‘desexualizing’ love while at the an time sexualizing the entire history of humanity.

Sep 15, Islam Khatib added it. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [who has pdf vertion of this book to send me?