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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Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg. The three women in Cildness are the 1 primitive, uterine or hetaeric mother, 2 the punishing, Oedipal mother and 3 the nurturing oral mother.

Honestly, without the help coldnesx a prof, Deleuze’s section was pretty over my head, even with the notes I’d already written in the margins. Deleuze does his usual goddamn thing: Yet I find both “subject of this book” and “the method of Deleuze proceeding in that subject” quite fascinating. 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term, something he does rather successfully imo, but all the while using Freudian terms that I suspect are somewhat outdated.

And then after is an even worse chapter on the Freudian implications 57 ff. I don’t mind this too much. 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.

I do not have the prerequisite knowledge of philosophy and psychoanalysis to really understand most of what he’s arguing here. Obviously, coldness is a theme of ‘Venus’, but if there is any ‘heart’ in masochistic fantasy, it is in transgressive irony and in the excessive sincerity which Wanda identifies in Masoch. In his stunning essay, Coldness and Cruelty, Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of the crkelty 19th-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.


The Movement Image Cinema 2: Retrieved from ” https: Here, Deleuze goes his own way, haphazardly builds his own conceptual approach, but is very humble and restrained in the material he covers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused.

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. This is a bipartite work by a professor at the University of Dleuze 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.

I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Freud and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not a replacement for case studies.

Jan 31, Alim faraji rated it really liked it. Jan 03, Maybellestyle rated it really liked it. I just wish I’d understood the analysis better.

If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts. Deleuze succeeds in showing anc 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. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [who has pdf vertion of this book to send me?

Another of Deleuze’s claims for the novel is its “”frozen suspense”” as Wanda his wife assumed her name in real life appears in “”The supple furs which greedily caressed her cold marble body. The victim cannot be masochistic, not merely because the libertine would deleyze irked if she were to experience pleasure, but because the victim of the sadist belongs entirely to the world of sadism.


One of the easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by Liked it. See 1 question about Masochism….

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

However, the chapter “Humor, Irony and the Law” stands out as some of his best writing. Deleuze is making an argument for what perverse behavior and counter-intuitive thinking can tell us about our politics. Oct 09, robert rated it it was amazing. Only the victim can describe torture; the torturer necessarily uses the hypocritical language of established xeleuze and power.

Be the first to discover new talent! Please provide an email address. A bookseller at Spoonbill and Whatever in Williamsburg told me that he didn’t find Deleuze to be a “systematic thinker.

Both have political implications. I shall be lost, I cannot live without you. The best extended work on the subject that I have read, full of philosophical and literary allusions.

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

These incompatibilities militate crueltty any sort of complementarity: Venus in Fur was disrobed, revealing her lovely full breasts! The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: All of this is turbid and “”Beneath the sound and coldnesss of sadism and masochism the terrible force of repetition is at work.

Dec 09, Pedro rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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!