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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In this book, which is written in a both poetic and easy way, the author does a literary critic of Sacher-Masoch works but he also goes much furtheranalyzing subjects dealing with arts, law, literature, ideologies and human sexuality.

However, the differences in Sade and Masoch are not of complementarity but of constituting completely different worlds. Does he not simply desire, like the martyred saint, to push reverence to its absolute limit?

These incompatibilities militate against any sort of complementarity: Sacher-Masoch’s prose is beyond all help, however; it’s a shame that something so hot in theory is so boring in practice, but then Deleuze, reputed to be among the most vanilla of French theorists in his own personal life, must appreciate that.

I was captivated by it. It makes the book much more subversive in between the lines. One of the easier books Deleuze has written, the chapter on the Death drive makes the whole book worth reading by itself.

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs

Venus in Fur was disrobed, revealing her lovely full breasts! Deleuze starts off by first moving from the clinical practice of associating proper names to diseases Parkinson’s and Roger’s disease for instance.

Coldness and Cruelty Cover of the first edition. Print Hardcover and Paperback. It is completely fresh; not bending itself to adhere to anything but itself. Practical Philosophy The Intellectuals and Power: Both have political implications. He also attempts to develop a problematic of masochism in colddness to sadism, concluding that the two forms of ‘pornology’ are non-communicating, and cannot be integrated into Sadomasochistic entity.


The present work is about love. I bet they’re not. Here, Deleuze goes his own way, haphazardly builds his own conceptual approach, but is very humble and restrained in the material he covers. Refresh and try again.

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

Delfuze 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.

So I would recommend this book if you’re interested in the subject, are deep into Deleuze, or possibly shallowly into Deleuze and don’t want to tackle the big hard books yet, or want to schizoanalyze some frustrating bullshit love life you have and find Freud and his minions far too rigid. Deleuze is at least correct that masochism and sadism must not be confined to the hackneyed shades of a “pleasure-in-pain” continuum.

I’m not sure why the Deleuze essay is first – i think it’s better to read the novel first and then the essay. 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: I enjoy Deleuze’s literary approach to Freud and Masoch, though I do think that his analysis is not a replacement for case studies.

Aug 18, Madelyn rated it it was ok Shelves: Sadism is broken into coldnesd components: I love that Venus in Furs comes second and, of course, I really love that Dara Birnbaum did the cover.

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On the last point, though: Oh no, here comes Badiou and Zizek with their pitchforks! The clinical riddle of masochism proper is not entirely separate from questions of mundane submissiveness and passivity, but they ought not be conflated.

It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left. Rather, there is only difference: Thought-provoking, stimulating and at times humorous. Apr 09, Julian Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: It is useful, though, as a lens by which to view culture. I’ve never read Beyond the Pleasure Principle. 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 of one perspective.

Sep 02, Lesley rated it it was ok Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It is no longer a matter of maslchism and sexual pleasure only but of bondage and humiliation as well. Honestly, without the help of a prof, Deleuze’s section was pretty over my head, even with the notes I’d already written in the margins. How come disciples of Socrates couldn’t contain themselves either at the death of their beloved teacher?

We know from Blake that the salient bounds are words alone: It makes Sacher-Masoch’s story that much better. Books by Gilles Deleuze. 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! Towards a Minor Literature Rhizome Nomadology: