A Defence of Masochism

A Defence of Masochism

By: Anita Phillips (author)Paperback

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Sado-masochism has become an influence on art, fashion, literature and thought. Who are the masochists, and why are they doing it? Is is 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 Freud and Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs" to David Lynch films and "The Story of O".

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About Author

Anita Phillips writes essays on contemporary sexuality and art, as well as literary fiction. She has worked for some years as a freelance editor, while collaborating with artists and writing her first novel. The Virtues, the Vices and All the Passions was published by Polygon in 1991. She has a doctorate from Queen Mary College, London, and lectures widely both in academic and art contexts. She co-edits a literary journal, interstice, and has published numerous articles and short stories.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/03/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780571196975
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780571196975
  • weight: 150
  • ISBN10: 0571196977

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