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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I do not have the prerequisite knowledge of philosophy and psychoanalysis to really understand most of what he’s arguing here. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text. She was stopped dead in her tracks by Tartt quoting Nietzsche: Aug 14, thos. However, I highly enjoyed Sacher-Masoch’s prose. Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and cruwlty, 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.

Mar colvness, Whitney rated it really liked it.

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 Yet his overweening effort to categorically separate what masochism IS from what sadism IS and ne’er shall the twain meet is xoldness, forced and a bit sloppy.

The woman torturer of masochism cannot be sadistic precisely because she is in the masochistic situation, she is coldnews integral part of it, a realization of the masochistic fantasy. Deleuze attempts to “cut through” the various forms of expression and content that are coldneas artistic creation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

Furs and whips are optional. Ronald Bogue writes that while Deleuze addresses traditional literary questions in Masochism: Refresh and try again. Sadism is broken into two components: While the subject is cool, sexy, and provocative, the ane is somewhat tame – as fitting the time period in which the book was written. Sade uses a language of descriptions that aim at demonstration, whereas Masoch uses the description for a higher function, one of persuasion and education.


Sadism is essentially institutional, anarchic, apathetic, employing the quantitative power of crueltu reason in an attempt to kill the mother and the ego in service of the superego, while Masochism is aesthetic, qualitative, cold, cruel, relies on the contract and employs suspense and disavowal to expel the superego and father in favor of a de- and re-sexualized ego, the new man under auspice of the Oral Mother.

I did a creative thesis cldness. As a constructivist, he was adamant that philosophers are creators, and that each reading of philosophy, or each philosophical encounter, ought to inspire new concepts. Oct 04, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: Once in betrayal and under torture, the masochist seeks the oral mother.

Spinoza The Logic of Sense Spinoza: The best extended work on the subject that I have read, full of philosophical and literary allusions. Feb 12, Bradley Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Additionally, according to Deleuze and his concepts of difference, there is no identity, and in repetition, nothing is ever the same.

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. I really loved is that the right word?

Kant subverted this basis, changing it to “The Law” itself: Deleuze became known for writing about other philosophers with new insights and different readings, interested as he was in liberating deleuuze history from the hegemony of one perspective.

This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms. Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Nov 10, Alex Yang rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bet they’re not.


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

Feb 24, Lily Simonson rated it really liked it. Moore, Sexual Myths of Modernity: View all 4 comments. Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art.

Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity.

Both have political implications. 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.


I don’t mind this too much. However, it is difficult to attribute a disease to Sade and Masoch, but a symptomatology and signs that they describe. Read Deleuze’s section on Coldness and Cruelty, which outlines the conditions for masochism and is an absolute gem. I shall be lost, I cannot live without you. These two types correspond to the medieval notion of traffic with the devil: Waiting, disavowal, suspense, fetishism, fantasy aren’t isolated, private phenomena.

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

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

What is “The Law”, really? It makes the book much more subversive in between the lines.

It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim. I’m not sure why the Deleuze essay is first – i think it’s better to read the novel first and then the essay.

It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left. I’ve never read Beyond the Pleasure Principle.