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Buggering Freud and Deleuze: Towards a queer theory of masochism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, ISSN 2000-4214, Vol. 2, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Both Freud’s and Deleuze’s understandings of masochism limit the transgressive and subversive forces of masochism by taking sexual difference for granted. Drawing on Newton’s fashion photography for Wolford and on feminist interrogations of Freud, Deleuze and masochism, this paper therefore seeks to develop an alternative, queer theory of masochism as sexual indifference. Viewing masochism as sexual indifference opens up movements of desire beyond the heterosexual matrix of male masochists and female mistresses. This is therefore an exercise in buggery. In the first half of the paper we bugger Freud’s understanding of masochism with Deleuze’s diverging understanding of masochism. In the second half we bugger Deleuze’s understanding of masochism with other parts of his own work, with feminist critique, and with Newton’s photography.

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2010. Vol. 2, 1-10 p.
Keyword [en]
masochism, sexual indifference, fetishism, phallic women, fashion photography
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Gender Studies Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34689DOI: 10.3402/jac.v2i0.4642OAI: diva2:285330
Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2010-01-11 Last updated: 2011-01-20Bibliographically approved

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