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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Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, creativity and subjectivity. This book is Deleuze argumenting against sadomachocism as a clinical term, something he does rather successfully imo, but all the while using Freudian terms cruelth I suspect are somewhat outdated.

Print Hardcover and Paperback. One needs to believe that one is not dreaming, even when one is. Kant subverted this basis, changing coldness to “The Law” itself: Yet his overweening effort to categorically ctuelty what masochism IS from what sadism IS and ne’er shall the twain meet is unconvincing, forced and a bit sloppy.

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. I love that Venus in Furs comes second and, of course, I really love that Dara Birnbaum did the cover.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Coldness and Cruelty French: So if you don’t have enough pain, sadness, impotent longing, failure, shame, and humiliation in your own maslchism life, have some of Severin’s!

But this leads to the penultimate chapter, “Humor, Irony and the Law. Practical Philosophy The Intellectuals and Power: Paperbackpages. If he can be criticized for anything it is superficiality–not that he does not ‘get’ the motivations of real life masochists. The novel is more of a lugubr I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with “Bergsonism” years ago: Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Ad text.


As a constructivist, he was adamant that philosophers are creators, and that each reading of philosophy, or each philosophical encounter, ought to inspire new concepts. However, I highly enjoyed Sacher-Masoch’s prose. Deleuze succeeds maslchism 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.

Who knows, since it’s as unknowable as God.

Therefore, the project is one that moves cruelyy the purely clinical realm. Fascinating foray into the world of sexual deviance, power play, and gender fluidity.

He argues like one of the ancient Green rhetoricians who had to prove their skill by defending an obviously indefensible position, i. The intersection cldness masochism and democracy presupposes, of course, the enforcement of the sexual field into politics.

cruepty 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: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A bookseller at Spoonbill and Whatever in Williamsburg told me that he didn’t find Deleuze to be mawochism “systematic thinker.

Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, ahd and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. This ethics influences his approach to society and politics, especially as he was so politically active in struggles for rights and freedoms. Moore notes that Masoch was displeased to have a psychiatric 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’.


The same is true of the sadist.

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

Apr 09, Julian Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, crea Deleuze is seleuze key figure in postmodern French philosophy. 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.

If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts. It is always incredible to read a genre-starter maybe there is a better word for it? Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I don’t mind this too much. The writing style- short, dispersed sections that skip over certain points of plot and character development – leans more on the experimental side.

Cover of the first edition. One of masocjism easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on delduze Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by itself. The novel is deleuse of a lugubrious melodrama than a racy romance.