Présentation de Sacher MasochLe froid et le cruel avec le

Présentation de Sacher MasochLe froid et le cruel avec le texte intégral de La Vénus à la fourrure [PDF / EPUB] Présentation de Sacher MasochLe froid et le cruel avec le texte intégral de La Vénus à la fourrure In his stunning essay Coldness and Cruelty Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of the late 19th century German novelist Leopold von Sacher Masoch Dele In his stunning essay Sacher MasochLe PDF/EPUB À Coldness and Cruelty Gilles Deleuze provides a rigorous and informed philosophical examination of the work of Présentation de PDF/EPUB or the late th century German novelist Leopold von Sacher Masoch Deleuze's essay certainly the most profound study yet produced on the de Sacher MasochLe ePUB ´ relations between sadism and masochism seeks to develop and explain Masoch's peculiar way of 'desexualizing' love while at the same time de Sacher MasochLe froid et eBook Á sexualizing the entire history of humanity He shows that masochism is something far 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 a part Venus in Furs the most famous of all of Masoch's novels was written in and 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 de Sacher MasochLe froid et eBook Á 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 do not eclipse the singular power of Masoch's eroticism.

  • Paperback
  • 296 pages
  • Présentation de Sacher MasochLe froid et le cruel avec le texte intégral de La Vénus à la fourrure
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • English
  • 15 March 2016
  • 9780942299557

About the Author: Gilles Deleuze

Deleuze is a key Sacher MasochLe PDF/EPUB À figure in postmodern French philosophy Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist his body of work Présentation de PDF/EPUB or which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity constructivism difference and desire stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of de Sacher MasochLe ePUB ´ th century Continental thought His thought locates him as an influential figure in present day considerations of society crea.

10 thoughts on “Présentation de Sacher MasochLe froid et le cruel avec le texte intégral de La Vénus à la fourrure

  1. says:

    Aww I'd forgotten all about this book Many moons ago I was going to write my senior thesis on roughly Sadism and Masochism in the Stories of Franz Kafka with this book as one of my primary sources I inhaled this book and several others wrote 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 on this vaguely creepy topic I did a creative thesis instead Looking back maybe I was kind of a wimp

  2. says:

    I never realized masochism and politics go so well together And this from someone who enjoys watching MSNBC Deleuze begins his march through this insensitive topic by drawing a distinction between it and sadism through the uses of humorA popular joke tells of the meeting between a sadist and a masochist; the masochist says 'Hurt me' The sadist replies 'No' This is a particularly stupid joke not only because it is unrealistic but because it foolishly claims competence to pass judgment on the world of perversions It is unrealistic because a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim Neither would the masochistic tolerate a truly sadistic torturerReading this I wrote in the margins Ha ha It looks like ole Gilles is having some fun at the expense of the Left Oh no here comes Badiou and Zizek with their pitchforks But I wasn't that far off in my facetiousness Deleuze is making an argument for what perverse behavior and counter intuitive thinking can tell us about our politics How do you explain Kafka and friends overcome with laughter at Kafka's reading of The Trial? How come disciples of Socrates couldn't contain themselves either at the death of their beloved teacher? Or put another way why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the narrative conceits of crappy novelists?Waiting disavowal suspense fetishism fantasy aren't isolated private phenomena One needs to believe that one is not dreaming even when one is Maruis de Sade's Juliette advises two weeks of abstaining from lustful behavior If you can manage that then lie down and imagine for yourself different wanton acts One will move you powerfully than the rest and it will become like an obsession write it downSounds like a cheap form of psychoanalysis But this leads to the penultimate chapter Humor Irony and the Law In one of his notes Pascal suggests that God is no than all the s in a culture as a limit defined by its own law The wrath of God is no than the chorus of everyone's disapproval we hear in our own language which they have yet to address to us directly thus nightmares and bad dreams Plato set up The Good as the basis of all law Christianity followed Kant subverted this basis changing it to The Law itself our current human rights regime followed What is The Law really? Who knows since it's as unknowable as God We in the West have simply replaced one inscrutable world system for another even as atheists are convinced they have all the answers The Good is now dependent on The Law and Kafka found all this amusing Even guilt and punishment do not tell us what the law is Deleuze writes but leave it in a state of indeterminacy eualed only by the extreme specificity of the punishment This is the world described by KafkaA friend of mine read The Goldfinch recently She was stopped dead in her tracks by Tartt uoting Nietzsche We have art in order not to die from the truth Looking Nietzsche's line up online she found everyone uoting it and no one interested in its origins Radiohead reviewers like to uote it erroneously too she discovered Unlike Tartt uoting it optimistically the words actually come from a Nietzsche entry labeled Pessimism in Art 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 those narrative deferments which deliberate teasings I'll never get used to just tell them about your dead phone Theo and that judder to an halt only when the reuisite chapter of wisdom is served After considering Nietzsche's words How liberating is Dostoevsky she appends this excellent thought No beauty as consolation here

  3. says:

    Very Poor psychoanalysis mostly stemming from false assumptions and fallacies of the human sexuality Deleuze tries REALLY HARD to prove that Sadism and Masochism are COMPLETELY different and in no way compliment each other; and although I aggree with very fundamental differences in Masochism and Sadism mostly with Masoch's incorporation of aesthetics and contractual fantasies and Sade's abolishment of aesthetics through repetitive institutionalized tyranny most of the essay is built on false premises that just do not hold

  4. says:

    Deleuze uncouples Masochism and Sadism from what he identifies as the “sadomasochistic entity” a misdiagnosed fusion of the two first in Psychopathia Sexualis and later erroneously reinforced by Freud by arguing that both perversions are different in kind rather than in degree Sadism is essentially institutional anarchic apathetic employing the uantitative power of demonstrative reason in an attempt to kill the mother and the ego in service of the superego while Masochism is aesthetic ualitative cold cruel relies on the contract and employs suspense and disavowal to expel the superego and father in favor of a de and re sexualized ego the new man under auspice of the Oral MotherDeleuze at his most overtly psychoanalytic but perhaps most accessible since the subject is singular and focused

  5. says:

    Apparently Sacher Masoch actually did enjoy to “be subjected to punishments humiliations and even acute physical pain by an opulent fur clad woman with a whip” 10 His series the Heritage of Cain includes the famous Venus in Furs and was “intended first to express the burden of crime and suffering inherited by humanity” 12 this apparent cruelty conceals the secret theme of the coldness of Nature of the steppe of the icy image of the Mother wherein Cain discovers his own destiny; the coldness of the stern mother is in reality a transmutation of cruelty from which the new man emerges The ‘mark’ of Cain indicates how the ‘heritage’ is to be used Cain and Christ bear the same mark which leads to the crucifixion of Man ‘who knows no sexual love no property no fatherland no cause no work’ 12 So it’s not just about butthole pleasures and the rusty trombone and the dirty Sanchez and the Cincinnati bowtie and the pussy juice cocktailSacher Masoch is not to be “transposed” with de Sade with “the instincts reversed” some sort of bogus “unity of opposites” an “unfair assumption of complementarity and dialectical unity” 13 Rather when “we read Masoch we become aware that his universe has nothing to do with that of Sade” id Based on the medical distinction between syndrome and symptom author proposes that “sado masochism is a syndrome” 14 In reading the history of medicine Deleuze notes that “the doctor does not invent the illness he dissociates symptoms that were previously grouped together and links up others that were dissociated” 15 That their names have been used to designate purported diseases “two basic perversions” is evidence of “the efficiency of literature” 15 “Sade and Masoch present unparalleled configurations of symptoms and signs” 16 When he coined masochism Krafft Ebing “was giving Masoch credit for having redefined a clinical entity not merely in terms of the link between pain and sexual pleasure but in terms of something fundamental connected with bondage and humiliation” id Regarding de Sade In a text that ought to invalidate all theories relating Sade to Nazism Georges Bataille explains that the language of Sade is paradoxical because it is essentially that of a victim Only the victim can describe torture; the torturer necessarily uses the hypocritical language of established order and power ‘As a general rule the torturer does not use the language of violence exerted by him in the name of established authority; he uses the language of authority’ 17 The 120 Days of Sodom “hinges on tales told to the libertines by ‘women chroniclers’ and in principle the heroes sic may not take any initiative in anticipation of these tales” 18 In Sacher Masoch by contrast “love affairs are always set in motion by anonymous letters by the use of pseudonyms or by advertisements in newspapers They must be regulated by contracts that formalize and verbalize the behavior of the partners” 18; all sex acts must be promised and described prior to their occurrence Neither of these writers counts as pornography but are rather “pornology because its erotic language cannot be reduced to the elementary functions of ordering and describing” 18In de Sade “the libertine may put on an act of trying to convince and persuade but the intention to convince is merely apparent for nothing is in fact alien to the sadist than the wish to convince to persuade in short to educate He is interested in something uite different namely to demonstrate that reasoning itself is a form of violence” 18 In the course of the apparent reasoning “the acts of violence inflicted on the victims are a mere reflection of a higher form of violence to which the demonstration testifies” 19 Sadism is broken into two components the ‘personal’ “directs and describes the personal violence of the sadist as well as his individual tastes” 19 and the ‘impersonal’ a “higher factor identifies the impersonal violence with an Idea of pure reason with a terrible demonstration capable of subordinating the first element” 20Sacher Masoch has a “similar transcendence of the imperative and the descriptive toward a higher function” 20 “But in this case it is all persuasion and education” id Instead of a victim being tortured by someone “enjoying her all the because she is unconsenting and unpersuaded” the masochist is a “victim sic in search of a torturer and who needs to educate persuade and conclude an alliance with the torturer” 20 Sadism accordingly reuires no advertisements; “the masochist draws up contracts while the sadist abominates and destroys them” id for the masochist “the contract represents the ideal form of the love relationship” 75 The sadists needs “institutions” by contrast These two types correspond to the medieval notion of traffic with the devil “the sadist thinks in terms of institutionalized possession the masochist in terms of contractual alliance” 20 Also “While Sade is spinozistic and employs demonstrative reason Masoch is platonic and proceeds by dialectical imagination” 22 Whereas de Sade’s provocations are “obscene in themselves” Sacher Masoch’s are notable for their “unusual decency” 25 For the masochist humiliation is a secondary gain; “we never see the naked body of the woman torturer; it is always wrapped in furs The body of the victim sic remains in a strange state of indeterminacy except where it receives the blows” 26 Sadism however is rooted in “negation” both as a “partial process and pure negation as a totalizing Idea” id The sadist is disappointed in the impossibility of the perfect crime and has “an internal necessity that he evolves the idea of a delusion” 27 The sadist in the 120 Days “find excitement not in ‘what is here’ but in ‘what is not here’ the absent Object ‘the idea of evil’” 28 We might note also “the monotony of sadism” its repetitiveness id As to fetishism for de Sade it occurs “only in a secondary or distorted sense”; it is “divested of its essential relation to disavowal and suspense and passes into the totally different context of negativity and negation” 32 In Sacher Masoch “there can be no masochism without fetishism in the primary sense” id “It is no exaggeration to say that Masoch was the first novelist to make use of suspense as an essential ingredient of romantic fiction” 33 The latter’s “aesthetic and dramatic suspense” vs the former’s “mechanical cumulative repetition” 34 This is why Sacher Masoch has no obscenity it is suspended “The whip or the sword that never strikes the fur that never discloses the flesh the heel that is forever descending” 70 For de Sade “imperatives and descriptions transcend themselves toward the higher function of demonstration”; for Sacher Masoch “imperatives and descriptions also achieve a transcendent function but it is of a mythical and dialectical order Ergo “the fundamental distinction between sadism and masochism can be summarized in the contrasting processes of the negative and negation on the one hand and of disavowal and suspense on the other” 35Some suggestion that a certain “excess” is reuired for eroticism and in deploying the excess these writers set up a “counter language” 37 Dunno But no doubt that “a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim” 40 and no doubt likewise that “neither would the masochist tolerate a truly sadistic torturer” 41; the former sends away the voluntary and the latter needs to persuade These incompatibilities militate against any sort of complementarity The woman torturer of masochism cannot be sadistic precisely because she is in the masochistic situation she is an integral part of it a realization of the masochistic fantasy She belongs in the masochistic world not in the sense that she has the same tastes as her victim but because her ‘sadism’ is of a kind never found in the sadist; it is as it were the double or the reflection of masochism The same is true of the sadist The victim cannot be masochistic not merely because the libertine would be irked if she were to experience pleasure but because the victim of the sadist belongs entirely to the world of sadism 41 Some philistine stuff follows regarding the ‘types’ of ‘women’ in Sacher Masoch 47 ff laden with untenable principles of differentiation eg “as a reaction to man’s sic heightened consciousness woman developed sentimentality” 54 eww? And then after is an even worse chapter on the Freudian implications 57 ff C’mon already It does draw out a contrast “there is between sadism and masochism an irreducible dissymmetry sadism stands for the active negation of the mother and the inflation of the father who is placed above the law cf Agamben; masochism proceeds by a twofold disavowal a positive idealizing disavowal of the mother who is identified with the law and an invalidating disavowal of the father who is expelled from the symbolic order” 68Chapter on Sacher Masoch’s express aesthetic doctrine which he terms “supersensualism” which describes a “cultural state of transmuted sensuality” wherein “the senses become ‘theoreticians’” 69 I know right? The masochistic ‘hero’ is exercised by works of art “women become exciting when they are indistinguishable from cold statues” 69 We had already read that the women of Sacher Masoch are “always the same woman” 47 with whip and furs despite outward appearances—a fungibility that is supergross But here even as the masochistic torturers all enter into a zone of indistinction so too she coincides without remainder with inanimate objects—very much Agamben’s reading of Aristotle’s doctrine of slavery in The Use of Bodies the masochist ‘uses’ the body of the torturer as though it were inanimate Even so “masochism is a state of waiting; the masochist experiences waiting in its pure form” 71In de Sade however the libertines “are not art lovers” 69 Rather he relies “on uantitative techniues of accumulation and acceleration mechanically grounded in a materialistic theory” 70 Great little note that euates the masochist with ancient slaves who were allegedly held via contract likely true in some cases such as those held as sponsor say—“the masochist appears to be held by real chains but in fact he is bound by his word alone” 75 which kinda rubbishes the call to arms at the end of the Manifesto of the Communist Party regarding “you have nothing to lose but your chains”; if the proletarians are bound by word alone who cares about chains? We know from Blake that the salient bounds are words alone In every cry of every Man In every Infants cry of fear In every voice in every ban The mind forg'd manacles I hear Marx Engels barking up the wrong tree then? Mind forged manacles are basically everywhere; de Sade recall “thinks in terms of ‘institutions’ Masoch in terms of ‘the contract’” 76 77 The latter “presupposes in principle the free consent of the contracting parties” whereas the former “determine a long term state of affairs which is both involuntary and inalienable” 77 Both have political implications On the one hand de Sade “rejects any contractual conception of the republican regime and is even strongly against the idea of the law” 77 78 He preferred “the revolutionary republic as an institution based on opposition to both law and contract” perhaps presented with some irony however 78 The politics of Sacher Masoch are “the humorous converse of Sade” idSome reflections thereafter on Plato Kant Kafka Freud cRecommended for those who may be disturbed when Krafft Ebing used their name to designate a perversion bearers of the mark of Cain and readers who appear to be held by real chains but in fact are bound by words alone

  6. says:

    I confess a preexisting lukewarmness toward Deleuze stemming from a battle with Bergsonism years ago the climb was wearying and the view unrewarding But I read Sade recently and as of today I'm still married so it was time to find out just how much of a Masochist I must be Cuz we all must be or less now that Sade's prescription for universal prostitution has been enshrined as economic dogma and daily routine for both sexes Furs and whips are optional The novel is of a lugubrious melodrama than a racy romance Radically distinguishing psychological from sensual masochism for a moment the sad fatalism is summarized in tones echoing Dostoyevsky's unforgettable Make us your slaves but give us bread The narrator begs on page 202 I will do whatever you command I will be your slave your thing; you may treat me as you please but do not reject me I shall be lost I cannot live without you And then to himself The comic side of my situation is that I can escape but do not want to; I am ready to endure anything as soon as she threatens to set me free Happy Valentine's Day The imperious Wanda even chastises him for being too weak to properly kill himself after he crawls back sopping wet and surrenders the dagger So if you don't have enough pain sadness impotent longing failure shame and humiliation in your own miserable life have some of Severin's Deleuze is at least correct that masochism and sadism must not be confined to the hackneyed shades of a pleasure in pain continuum There is not as he repeats and repeats and repeats a single sadomasochistic complex Yet his overweening effort to categorically separate what masochism IS from what sadism IS and ne'er shall the twain meet is unconvincing forced and a bit sloppy He argues like one of the ancient Green rhetoricians who had to prove their skill by defending an obviously indefensible position ie Helen of Troy was actually pretty cool Deleuze's account is less interesting than those of Freud or Lacan whom he purports to be critiuing However the chapter Humor Irony and the Law stands out as some of his best writing The uestion Why do people hug their chains? has been asked and answered in myriad ways The clinical riddle of masochism proper is not entirely separate from uestions of mundane submissiveness and passivity but they ought not be conflated I can't say that in future inuiries I'll likely be adducing Masoch as a model of fulfilling intimacy or Deleuze as a satisfying theoretical touchstone

  7. says:

    Whatever one thinks of the merits of taking a decidedly literary approach to problematize a clinical entity it is undeniable that Coldness and Cruelty is a succinct penetrating and systematically rigorous study of Masoch's proximity and distance from the sadism of Sade Deleuze here treats Masoch's texts themselves as clinical material organized by a set of remarkably consistent traits the triumph of fantasy imagination contract disavowal the Oral mother between the whore mother and the mother as the father's sadist accomplice suspension of a moment in icy eternity As an insurrectionary from within Deleuze calls into uestion the clinical and diagnostic validity of sadomasochism from within the field of psychoanalysis itself generously helping himself to the latter's structuralist explanations and concepts He proposes a masochism proper to sadism and a sadism proper to masochism One notices a certain beauty and economy in Deleuze's liberal use of psychoanlytical concepts particularly that of fantasy and disavowal Ultimately Deleuze can be seen as problematizing psychoanalysis' privileging of the Father in its treatment of masochism the female figure with the whip as standing under the Father's shadow Coldness and Cruelty is a brilliant study of Venus in Furs for its clarity and depth of insight and should be read alongside the original novella

  8. says:

    Fascinating The best extended work on the subject that I have read full of philosophical and literary allusions A great critical work that gives very careful and well thought out analysis of Sade and Sacher Masoch themselves who especially Sacher Masoch too often get left out of literature on the concepts that they inspired Deleuze succeeds in showing that sadism and masochism are not symmetrical concepts that can be found in the same person but are very specific concepts that exist in entirely different worlds He also shows the emancipatory potential of each favoring masochism's contracts over sadism's institutions In terms of clinical analysis of sadism and masochism I still prefer Lacan but this is a great critical contribution

  9. says:

    Deleuze's section of this book is pretty good he develops his theory that sadism and masochism are not two sides of the same coin but separate pathologies er separate technologies of subversion 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

  10. says:

    I really loved is that the right word? Venus in Furs I was captivated by it I read it in one sitting and need to read it againDeleuze is one of those French guys I probably should have read in grad school but didn't He's going to explore whether sadism and masochism are actually two sides of the same conditionphenomenonpsychological predisposition I bet they're not

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