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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".
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.
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