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 never realized masochism and politics go so well together. It is completely fresh; not bending itself to adhere to anything but itself. Deleuze is by far one of the most brilliant scholar and philosopher of his time. The climax, while contrived and somewhat predictable, is stunning in its debasement.

The novel is more of a lugubrious melodrama than a racy romance. He wrote on Spinoza, Nietzche, Kant, Leibniz and others, including literary authors and works, cinema, and art. 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term, something he does rather successfully imo, but all the while using Freudian terms that I suspect are somewhat outdated. How come disciples of Socrates couldn’t contain themselves either at the death of their beloved teacher?

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

I also find this translation good however not completely accurate as it is important for a philosophical work in this scale This is achieved by inducing the hetaeric mother to betray and provoking the Oedipal mother to punish.


So if you don’t have delduze pain, sadness, impotent longing, failure, shame, and humiliation in your own miserable life, have some of Severin’s! Feb 12, Bradley Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Enjoyable to see someone dissect Masochism as a totally separate impulse completely from Sadism, rather than just it’s opposite or complement, since I totally agree.

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 He argues like one of the ancient Green rhetoricians who had to prove their skill by defending an obviously indefensible position, i.

In his masochsim 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. The absurdity of laws, contracts and punishment are revealed.

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I just wish I’d understood the analysis better. Unlike Tartt quoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art. Oct 09, robert rated it it was amazing. It is useful, though, as a lens by which to view culture. 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.

I read it in one sitting and need to read it again. Or put another way, why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the narrative conceits of crappy novelists? Dec 09, Pedro rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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Deeuze was stopped dead in her tracks by Tartt quoting Nietzsche: It borders some accurate and illuminating facts about masochism and its relation with other things including sadism, and also other subjects like morals and politics and so on. I really loved is that the right word? Sep 15, Islam Khatib added it.

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!

And also because I liked the Deleuze so much more than the Masocyism. Once in betrayal and under torture, the masochist seeks the oral mother.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text. In terms of clinical analysis of sadism and masochism, I still prefer Lacan, but this is a great critical contribution.

The Logic of Sensation Cinema 1: Deleuze attempts to “cut through” the various forms of expression and content that are the artistic creation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. In the Art of Masoch, Deleuze explains his notions of Irony and Humour, Mascohism and Ritual, and the differences between the sadistic superego and masochistic ego.

Looking deleze, maybe I was kind of a wimp. Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. Sep 02, Lesley rated it it was ok Shelves: Deleuze does his usual goddamn thing: The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: