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Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty and Venus in Furs

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Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (b. 1835) was a Professor of History and a celebrated German novelist of the latter half of the 19th century. Here, in Venus in Furs, Masoch's most famous novel, one finds the entire constellation of symbols that has come to characterize the masochistic syndrome - fetishes, whips, disguises, fur-clad women, contracts, humiliations, punishment and of course the perpetual and volatile presence of a terrible coldness. Yet what we actually encounter has little to do with these reductive ...
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Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (b. 1835) was a Professor of History and a celebrated German novelist of the latter half of the 19th century. Here, in Venus in Furs, Masoch's most famous novel, one finds the entire constellation of symbols that has come to characterize the masochistic syndrome - fetishes, whips, disguises, fur-clad women, contracts, humiliations, punishment and of course the perpetual and volatile presence of a terrible coldness. Yet what we actually encounter has little to do with these reductive caricatures.. "Deleuze's essay is an attempt to restore to Masoch's work the rigorous and informed philosophical examination that is due it. Deleuze's essay - the most profound study yet produced on the relations between Masochism and Sadism - seeks to develop and explain Masoch's peculiar way of 'desexualizing' love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942299540
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 5/4/1989
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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 FĂ©lix Guattari.
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Table of Contents

Coldness and Cruelty
Foreword 9
I The Language of Sade and Masoch 15
II The Role of Descriptions 25
III Are Sade and Masoch Complementary? 37
IV The Three Women in Masoch 47
V Father and Mother 57
VI The Art of Masoch 69
VII Humor, Irony and the Law 81
VIII From Contract to Ritual 91
IX Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Masochism 103
X The Death Instinct 111
XI Sadistic Superego and Masochistic Ego 123
Venus in Furs
(Complete Text) 143
App. I A Childhood Memory and Reflections on the Novel 273
App. II Two Contracts of Masoch 277
App. III The Adventure with Ludwig II 281
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