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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books (8 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942299558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942299557
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This provocative work places von Sacher-Masoch's classic 1870 novel Venus in Furs next to Deleuze's essay arguing that popular assumptions beginning with Freud have effectively obscured the unique power of von Sacher-Masoch's eroticism as well as the true nature of what might be called a masochist 'order.'" Keith Thompson , Utne Reader

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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Felix Guattari.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ioannis Kazlaris on 24 Jun 2013
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Is there a thing such as sadomasochism? How did that term came to be and is it really helpful in studying the symptomatology of various psychic phenomena? Gilles Deleuze, the acute French philosopher presents herein his claims to the contrary. Find out why.

An excellent book.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 1999
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This book combines Masoch's Venus in Furs and Deleuze's insightful counter-argument to Freud's concept of Masochism. Basically, the dominatrix is not 'the father' in disguise, it is the woman that beats and the masochist becomes a subversive in banishing the father completely. Great Stuff!
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Five Stars 8 July 2014
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A good guide in precluding misinterpretations of S/M
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gay interpretation of relationships 21 May 2014
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Everything that happens is dynamic. Words that become labels for behavior or symptoms of a syndrome are like Lenny Bruce on trial for trying to be funny. In France, a strong influence on literature since the birth of Nietzsche has been the kind of ideas which were previously associated strongly with the devil. Deleuze is close to Sade, Bataille, and Klossowski in seeing disavowal as a major theme in sexual relationships. Thinking about contracts to cover what is about to happen can be devilish. In the middle ages, the idea of possession by the devil became diluted by the idea of an alliance with the devil as a way to achieve earthly power. Deleuze makes that contrast a part of his understanding of the difference between actual masochism and sadism.

Bachofen is mentioned as an expert in three forms of primeval matriarchy. In the first, fickle phase, a father was nobody. Women had a world that provided what they needed and could bring up children without all the crazy characters who thought they were men. A second and third type of women also get mentioned by Deleuze as stages in Bachofen's theory of how people were converted to patriarchal hierarchies. I was looking for a note numbered 11 that is not on the pages that I could see with Look Inside This Book. Ancient cults that had prostitutes at temples were considered part of the first stage, in which women might be desired without becoming a ball and chain. The idea of coldness as an emotional trait that avoids too much enthusiasm is lingering in some scholarly philosophy.
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Controversial, thorough, and generally inspired. 18 July 1999
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This book combines Masoch's Venus in Furs and Deleuze's insightful counter-argument to Freud's concept of Masochism. Basically, the dominatrix is not 'the father' in disguise, it is the woman that beats and the masochist becomes a subversive in banishing the father completely. Great Stuff!
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This text, nearly seminal for its precedent and production, elucidates Masoch's formulations so thoroughly and so elegantly as to revivify the text and render its landscape more full!
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Didn't care so much for essay portion but they helped me to understand the "idea" of the text a little better.
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