– 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 borders some accurate and illuminating facts about masochism and its relation with other things including sadism, and also other kasochism like morals and politics and so on. So if you don’t have enough pain, sadness, impotent longing, failure, shame, and humiliation in your own miserable life, have some of Severin’s!

I’m rating the Deleuze and Masoch separately. Apr 01, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: That’s a nice thing. 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. See 1 question about Masochism…. Furs and whips are optional.

Deleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school, but didn’t. In this book, which is written in a both poetic and dleeuze way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing subjects dealing with arts, law, literature, ideologies and human sexuality.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

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.


These two types correspond to the medieval notion of traffic with the devil: The critic Camille Paglia expressed a seleuze view of Masochismcommenting that she “liked Gilles Deleuze’s book on masochism”. One will move you more powerfully than the rest and it will become like an obsession – write it masochjsm While the subject is cool, sexy, and provocative, the execution is somewhat tame – as fitting the time period in which the book was written.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Recommended for those who may be disturbed when Krafft-Ebing used their name to designate a perversion, bearers of the mark of Cain, and readers who appear to be held by real chains but in fact are bound by words alone. I did a creative thesis inste Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book.

One needs to believe that one is not dreaming, even when one is.

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 and devotion, but I like it! Deleuze became known for writing about other philosophers with new insights and different readings, interested as he was in liberating philosophical history from the hegemony of one perspective. 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.

Feb 12, Bradley Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love that Venus in Furs comes second and, of course, I really love that Dara Birnbaum did the cover. Also, one might say, in a Deleuzian manner, that an obsession with coldness is actually an obsession with an absent warmness. Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused.


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

This is the world described by Kafka. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 15, Adam rated it liked it. I’m not sure why the Deleuze essay is first – i think it’s better to read the novel first and then the essay. Return to Book Page. View all 5 comments.

Very Poor psychoanalysis mostly stemming from false assumptions and fallacies of the human sexuality. Mar 30, Conrad rated it liked it Shelves: Read Deleuze’s section on Coldness and Cruelty, which outlines the conditions for masochism and is an absolute gem. It is no longer a matter of pain and sexual pleasure only but of bondage and humiliation as well. Jan 03, Maybellestyle rated it really liked it.

He wrote on Spinoza, Nietzche, Kant, Leibniz and others, including literary authors and works, cinema, and art. Rather, there is only difference: Apr 09, Julian Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: A must read for anyone interested in good literary criticism I love philosophy and psychoanalysis.

Both have political implications. masohcism

This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms.