Masochism - Gilles Deleuze (Paperback)

Coldness and Cruelty

Dispatched in 20 to 25 working days
This product is allowed to be delivered during Lockdown Level 3
Price
514
No reviews yet.

Description

Gilles Deleuze examines the work of the late-nineteenth-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher--Masoch.

Product Details

Barcode
9780942299557
Department
Books
Released
5 Aug 1991
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Gilles Deleuze
Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
Jean McNeil (Translator)
Subtitle
Coldness and Cruelty
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Mit Pr
Edition
Reprint
Series
Zone Books
Language
English
Number of Pages
296
Dimensions
229 x 152 x 25mm (454g)

Annotation

Includes "Coldness and Cruelty," by Gilles Deleuze, a study of masochism and sadism, as well as "Venus in Furs," the original novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Summary

  • In his stunning essay Coldness and Cruelty Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of late nineteenth-century German novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Deleuze’s essay, certainly the most profound study yet produced on the relations between sadism and masochism, seeks to develop and explain Masoch’s “peculiar way of ‘desexualizing’ love while at the same time sexualizing the entire history of humanity.” He shows that masochism is something far more subtle and complex than the enjoyment of pain, that masochism has nothing to do with sadism: their worlds do not communicate, just as the genius of those who created them — Masoch and Sade — lie stylistically, philosophically, and politically poles apart.

    Venus in Furs, the most famous of Masoch’s novels, belongs to an unfinished cycle of works that Masoch entitled The Heritage of Cain. The cycle was to treat a series of themes, including love, war, and death. The present work is about love. Although the entire constellation of symbols that has come to characterize the masochistic syndrome can be found here — fetishes, whips, disguises, fur-clad women, contracts, humiliations, punishment, and always the volatile presence of a terrible coldness — these received associations do not eclipse the truly singular and surprising power of Masoch’s eroticism.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Philosophy
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / General
BIC Classification 1
Psychology
Library Subject 1
Erotic literature; History and criticism.
Library Subject 2
Masochism in literature.
Library Subject 3
Sadism in literature.
Academic Subject 1
German Prose
Dewey Classification
833/.8

Author Bio

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.