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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Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time. This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms.

The Movement Image Cinema 2: I inhaled this book and several otherswrote about 30 pages, consulted with the ancient visiting Kafka scholar 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. I don’t mind this too much.

Deleuze’s account cruelgy less interesting than those of Freud or Lacan, whom he purports to be critiquing.

Or put another way, why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the narrative crueltu of crappy novelists? However, I highly enjoyed Sacher-Masoch’s prose.

There is not, as he repeats and repeats and repeats, a single sadomasochistic complex. 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 cruwlty devotion, but I like it! Sep 02, Lesley rated it it was ok Shelves: But this leads to the penultimate chapter, “Humor, Irony and the Law.


On the last point, though: Deleuze cruelyy 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 e Fascinating.

The critic Camille Paglia expressed a favorable view of Masochismcommenting that she “liked Gilles Deleuze’s book on masochism”.

It is the quest for the oral mother through the hetaeric and Oedipal mothers. Practical Philosophy The Intellectuals and Power: The same is true of the sadist. I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from depeuze battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: I love philosophy and psychoanalysis.

The Logic of Sensation Cinema 1: The story of my past life.

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View all 5 comments. However, the chapter “Humor, Irony and the Law” stands out as some of his best writing. Deleuze attempts to “cut through” the various forms of expression and content that are the artistic creation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

Cover of the first edition. Read this and it will get you thinking rhizomatously about the world in terms of sadistic and masochistic situations. 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.

Waiting, disavowal, suspense, fetishism, fantasy aren’t isolated, private phenomena. We in the West have simply replaced one inscrutable world system for another, even as atheists are convinced they have all the answers. Jan 31, Alim faraji rated it really liked it. However, it is difficult to attribute a disease to Sade and Masoch, but a symptomatology and signs that they describe.


Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Lists with This Book. I’m not completely familiar with Deleuze’s thoughts. May 13, Zach rated it it was amazing. Also, one might say, in a Deleuzian manner, that an obsession with coldness is actually an obsession with an absent warmness. I’ve never read Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Preview — Masochism abd Gilles Deleuze. Here, Deleuze goes deleue own way, haphazardly builds his own conceptual approach, but is very humble and restrained in the material he covers.

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

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 deleze It makes Sacher-Masoch’s story that much better. Only the victim can describe torture; the torturer necessarily uses the hypocritical language of established order and power.

Deleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school, but didn’t. It does draw out a contrast: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Towards a Minor Literature Rhizome Nomadology: He wrote on Spinoza, Nietzche, Kant, Leibniz and others, including literary authors and works, cinema, and art.

That’s a nice thing.