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Masochism: WITH Coldness and Cruelty AND Venus in Furs Hardcover – 1 Jan 1989

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  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (1 Jan. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094229954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942299540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,403,514 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

& quot; 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.'& quot; -- Keith Thompson, Utne Reader

"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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding violence and non-violence 4 Dec. 2014
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Difficult to absorb the concepts as it propels one into the subconsious. Takes time to reflect on one's behaviors and others which allows the reader to examine the duality of the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye 4 Mar. 2002
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This refers to the book, Venus in Furs, not the essay by Deleuze. I loved this book. Not because I'm some psycho who enjoys pain, but because it tastefully deals with an issue that is too often either misrepresented as some libertine taboo or dealt with in a clinical way. Instead you have a story that deals with love in a different way than a typical Danielle Steele romance novel or a "boy meets girl," sappy drugstore paperback. And while it deals with passionate cruelty it, unlike books by Sade, captures unbridled desire and an inflamed heart. It is truly a great work of literature, easily comparable to "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Goethe.
If you like sappy romance stories, buy something else. If you want an intriguing love story full of the passion of life and the strumming of the stings of emotion, read away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal 8 Mar. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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