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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Marquis de Sade’s Juliette advises two weeks of abstaining from lustful behavior. May 13, Zach rated it it was amazing. Oh no, here comes Badiou and Zizek with their pitchforks! Jan 03, Maybellestyle rated it really liked it.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Accordingly Deleuze analyzes and psychoanalyzes Sacher-Masoch’s novel, Venus in Furs, which appears in a new translation as the second half of this book, differentiating its language, use of descriptions, artistic as well as psychoanalytical basis Freud and Reik, primarily, qualified and repudiated in terms of what it reveals re the pleasure-pain principle and its derivation, the death instinct, desexualization, etc. Oct 13, aya rated it it was amazing 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’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.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Deleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school, but didn’t.

MASOCHISM: An Interpretation of Coldness & Cruelty by Gilles Deleuze | Kirkus Reviews

Pages to import images deleuzr Wikidata Articles containing French-language text. Additionally, according to Deleuze and his concepts of difference, there is no identity, and in repetition, nothing is ever the same. Plato set up “The Good” as the basis of all law: We know from Blake that the salient bounds are words alone: All of this is turbid and “”Beneath the sound and fury of sadism and masochism the terrible force of repetition is at work.

One of the easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by itself. It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic coldnfss.


Deleuze succeeds in showing that sadism and masochism are not symmetrical concepts that can be found in the same person, but are very specific concepts that exist in entirely different worlds. Sep 15, Islam Khatib added 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 cruelry one perspective.

Also, one might say, in a Deleuzian manner, that an obsession with coldness is actually an obsession with an absent warmness. I did a creative thesis inste Aww, Deleuxe forgotten all about this book. Want to Read saving…. Mar 30, Conrad rated it liked it Shelves: I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left.

The three women in Masoch are the 1 primitive, uterine or hetaeric mother, 2 the punishing, Oedipal mother and 3 the nurturing oral mother. May 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deleuze’s section of this book is pretty good – he develops his theory crueltyy sadism and masochism are not two delekze of the same coin, but separate pathologies – er, separate technologies of subversion.


And also because I liked the Deleuze so much more than the Masoch. Open Preview See a Problem? Apr 01, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: The Movement Image Cinema 2: Riveting and of course at times more then a little terrifying. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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!

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Print Hardcover and Paperback. I don’t mind this too much. While the subject is cool, sexy, and provocative, the execution is somewhat tame – as fitting the time period in which the book was written. 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. Books by Gilles Deleuze.

Waiting, disavowal, suspense, fetishism, fantasy aren’t isolated, private phenomena. Radically distinguishing psychological from sensual masochism for a moment, the sad fatalism is summarized in tones echoing Dostoyevsky’s unforgettable “Make us your slaves, but give us bread! Therefore, the project is one that moves beyond the purely clinical realm.

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.