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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books; Reprint edition (March 19, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942299558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942299557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,643 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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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. He coauthored Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus with Félix Guattari. These works, as well as Cinema 1, Cinema 2, The Fold, Proust and Signs, and others, are published in English by Minnesota.

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By Hae Won Kim on July 8, 2014
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A good guide in precluding misinterpretations of S/M
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SuperCarlos on March 8, 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midorik9 on March 5, 2013
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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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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 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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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "badacidtrip" on March 3, 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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