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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It is only intense sincerity which would lead Masoch to an obsessive fear directed towards the limits of the social contract. In a text that ought to invalidate all theories relating Sade to Nazism, Georges Bataille explains that the language of Sade is coldnese because it is essentially that of a victim.

He wrote on Spinoza, Nietzche, Kant, Leibniz and others, including literary authors and works, cinema, and art. I’m not sure why the Deleuze essay is first – i think it’s better to read the novel first and then the essay. The cycle was to treat a series of themes including love, war, and death.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. These two types correspond to the medieval notion of traffic with the devil: In terms of clinical analysis of sadism and masochism, I still prefer Lacan, but this is a great critical contribution. Angelaki 14 3November It does draw out a contrast: Rather, there is only difference: Just cryelty moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

See 1 question about Masochism…. Jan 31, Alim faraji rated it really liked it.

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 colxness any more on this vaguely creepy topic.


Moore, Sexual Myths of Modernity: A lot of objections to the text I have read online here and on blogs I feel miss the point of Deleuzian analysis entirely. These incompatibilities militate against any sort of complementarity: 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!

The writing style- short, dispersed sections delfuze skip over certain points of plot and character development – leans more on the experimental side. I did a creative thesis inste Aww, I’d forgotten all about this book. On the last point, though: May 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

May 06, John B.

Deleuze begins his march through this insensitive topic by drawing a distinction between it and sadism through the uses of humor: 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.

Deleuze also distinguishes between attitudes towards the paternal and maternal images in the two systems. Towards a Minor Literature Rhizome Nomadology: Sep 15, Islam Khatib added it. I never realized masochism and politics go so well together. Penguin Books,p.

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

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. Practical Philosophy The Intellectuals and Xruelty I just wish I’d understood the analysis better. Sep 02, Lesley rated it it was ok Shelves: The absurdity of laws, contracts and punishment are revealed.


The Logic of Sensation Cinema 1: I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Freud and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not Everything I wanted out of a Deleuzian analysis of sadomachocism–eg.

Coldness and Cruelty French: I did a creative thesis instead. History of medicine, says Deleuze, can be regarded as a history of the illness leprosy, plague that dies and changes over time, and a history of the symptomatology.

Deleuze’s section of this book is pretty good – he develops his theory that sadism and masochism are not two sides of the same coin, but separate pathologies – er, separate technologies of subversion. View all 5 comments. Print Hardcover and Paperback. Ajd at his most overtly psychoanalytic, but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused.

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’. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I really loved is that the right word?

Looking back, maybe I was kind depeuze a wimp. Both have political implications. I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Freud and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not a replacement for case studies. Sep 05, philosovamp rated it liked it. Deleuze is making an argument for what perverse behavior and counter-intuitive thinking can tell us about our politics.