In his stunning essay, Coldness and Cruelty, Gilles Deleuze provides a on the relations between sadism and masochism, seeks to develop and explain. Masochism: Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and cruelty and Leopold von Sacher- Masoch, Venus in furs. Tr. Jean McNeil. New York: Zone Books. 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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I just wish I’d understood the analysis better. While the subject is cool, sexy, and provocative, the execution is somewhat tame – as fitting the time period in which the book was written. Open Preview See a Problem? coldneds

To ask other readers questions about Masochismplease sign up. 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. The Logic of Sensation Cinema 1: Penguin Books,p. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: I can’t say that in future inquiries I’ll likely be adducing Masoch as a model of fulfilling intimacy or Deleuze as a satisfying theoretical touchstone.

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 by Gilles Deleuze

The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: Deleuze begins his march through this insensitive topic by drawing a eeleuze between it and sadism through the uses of masochim Yet I find both “subject of this book” and “the method of Deleuze proceeding in that subject” quite fascinating.


Oct 13, aya rated it it was amazing Shelves: The absurdity of laws, contracts and punishment are revealed. Feb 15, Adam rated it liked it. Oh no, here comes Badiou and Zizek with their pitchforks! Print Hardcover and Paperback. Deleuze also distinguishes between attitudes towards the paternal and maternal images in the two systems. How come disciples of Socrates couldn’t contain themselves either at the death of their beloved teacher? Venus in Furs, the most famous of all of Masoch’s novels was written in and belongs to an unfinished cycle of works that Masoch entitled The Heritage of Cain.

The woman torturer of masochism cannot be sadistic precisely because she is in the masochistic situation, she is an integral part of it, a realization of the masochistic fantasy. In the Art of Masoch, Deleuze explains his notions of Irony and Humour, Contract and Ritual, and the differences between the sadistic superego and masochistic ego.

In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time. Views Read Edit View history. However, the differences in Sade and Masoch are not of complementarity but of constituting completely different worlds.

Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg. Coldness and Cruelty French: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One of the easier books An has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by itself. Preview — Masochism by Gilles Deleuze.


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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 coldnexs but in fact are bound by words alone. I bet they’re not. Moore notes that Masoch was displeased to have a coldnews category named after him by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and that Deleuze conflates this psychiatric labelling with Masoch’s own view of his desire as ‘super-sensualism’.

Aug 26, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: The cycle was to treat a series of themes including love, war, and death.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Gilles Deleuze began his career with a number of idiosyncratic yet rigorous historical codness of figures outside of the Continental tradition in vogue at the time. The present work is about love. Sadism is essentially institutional, anarchic, apathetic, employing the quantitative power of demonstrative 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 drleuze and father in favor of a de- and re-sexualized ego, the new man under auspice of the Oral Mother.

I was captivated by it. Want to Read saving…. Published March 19th by Zone Books first published January 1st