In this provocative expose, Anita Phillips intelligently rescues masochism from the clinical discourses that have named it a pathological sickness and returns it to a context of diverse human experience and artistic expression. What emerges is a fresh and fascinating modern view of longing, curiosity, and eroticism.
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Ever since "masochism" was coined in the late 19th century by Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing, it has been misconceived as sadism's weaker counterpart, but Anita Phillips, editor of the British academic journal Interstice, explodes this myth, arguing that masochism is "highly autonomous." The art of acting out masochistic fantasies, she writes, is "being hurt in exactly the right way and the right time, within a sophisticated, highly artificial scenario." Phillips turns to Freud, Jung, Foucault, and Leo Bersani to fashion a new definition of masochism, delving into popular culture to demonstrate both its necessity and the major influence it has had on Western culture--from David Lynch's Blue Velvet to Jean Genet's The Miracle of the Rose, as well as the martyred images of Christ in the New Testament. She argues that masochism is a healthy part of the human psyche that takes secret pleasure in enduring imagined and real suffering at the hands of another when the subject knows that gratification is the ultimate outcome. Written with wit and authority, A Defense of Masochism is sure to provoke some highly charged discussions on the nature of sexuality. --Kera BolonikFrom the Publisher:
Praise for A DEFENSE OF MASOCHISM: "It seems odd to say that a book on the subject could be charming, but A DEFENSE OF MASOCHISM is. Phillips has a wonderfully undogmatic way about her, and a sense of vigorous joy.... The relationship of sexual masochism to religious self-mortification, and the importance of masochism in romantic love are particularly well done....Riveting stuff." Carmen Callil, DAILY TELEGRAPH
"There are still a number of misconceptions about masochism and prejudices about masochism, most of which Anita Phillips dispatches here with aplomb...." --INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"[Phillips's] description of the way a masochistic fantasy plays out is both illuminating and exciting." --Sarah Dunant, THE TIMES
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Descripción St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. Sado-masochism has become an influence on art, fashion, literature and thought. Who are the masochists, and why are they doing it? Is it a dangerous perversion, or a harmless, playful pastime? Addressing these questions, this book presents a portrait of human longing, curiosity and eroticism, drawing on a variety of literary, psychoanalytic and cultural sources, from Sigmund Freud and Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs" to David Lynch films and "The Story of O". Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 041691
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110312192584
Descripción St Martins Pr. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0312192584 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1021775
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0312192584
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0312192584