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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Goodreads helps coldess keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Cildness for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Masochism by Gilles Deleuze. In his stunning essay, Coldness and Cruelty, Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of delueze work of the late 19th-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, 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.
Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, seeks to develop and explain Masoch’s “peculiar way of ‘desexualizing’ love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity.
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 cycle was to treat a series of themes including love, war, and death. The present work is about love. Although the entire constellation of symbols that has come to characterize the masochistic syndrome can be found here – fetishes, whips, disguises, fur-clad women, contracts, humiliations, punishment, and always the volatile presence of a terrible coldness – these do not eclipse the singular power of Masoch’s eroticism.
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MASOCHISM: An Interpretation of Coldness & Cruelty by Gilles Deleuze | Kirkus Reviews
Nov 17, peiman-mir5 rezakhani rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 12, Oriana rated it really liked it Shelves: Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book. 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. 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 did a creative thesis inste Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book. I did a creative thesis instead. Looking back, maybe I was kind of a wimp. May 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I never realized masochism and politics go so well together. Deleuze begins his march through this insensitive topic by drawing a distinction between it and sadism through the uses of humor: It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim.
Neither would the masochistic tolerate a truly sadistic torturer. It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left. Oh no, here comes Badiou and Zizek with their pitchforks! Deleuze is making an argument for what perverse behavior and counter-intuitive thinking can tell us about our politics. How do you explain Kafka and friends overcome with laughter at Kafka’s reading of The Trial? How come disciples of Socrates couldn’t contain themselves either at the death of their beloved teacher?
Or put another way, why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the narrative conceits of crappy novelists? Waiting, disavowal, suspense, fetishism, fantasy aren’t isolated, private phenomena. One needs to believe that one is not dreaming, even when one is. Marquis de Sade’s Juliette advises two weeks of abstaining from lustful behavior.
If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts. One will move you more powerfully than the rest and it will become like an obsession – write it down!!
Sounds like a cheap form of psychoanalysis. But this leads to the penultimate chapter, “Humor, Irony and the Law.
Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs
The wrath of God is no more than the chorus of everyone’s disapproval we hear in our own language, which they have yet to address to us directly thus, nightmares and bad dreams.
Plato set up “The Good” as the basis of all law: Kant subverted this basis, changing it to “The Law” itself: What is “The Law”, really? Who knows, since it’s as unknowable as God. We in the West have simply replaced one inscrutable world system for another, even as atheists are convinced they have all the answers. This is the world described by Kafka.
She was stopped dead in her tracks by Tartt quoting Nietzsche: Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art. This friend, brilliant as ever, describes for us the masochism others receive from novel reading she is unwilling to allow herself, “The increasing delay in the plot: Aug 25, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was ok Shelves: Very Poor psychoanalysis mostly stemming from false assumptions and fallacies of the human sexuality.
View all 5 comments. Apr 09, Julian Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 superego and father in favor of a de- and re-sexualized ego, the new man under auspice of the Oral Mother.
Deleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused. Feb 15, Adam rated it liked it. I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: 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.
Cuz we all must be, more or less, now that Sade’s prescription for universal prostitution has been enshrined as economic dogma and daily routine for both sexes. Furs and whips are optional.