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Andrew: a response to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's Venus in furs
Elizabeth Albl (author)Maryna Romanets (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Arts (MA)
Number of pages in document: 159
My novella Andrew represents an attempt to establish and then re-contextualize '~creative symptomatology' (Deleuze) of masochistic psychodrama by entering into an intertextual dialogue with the defining text for masochism, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs (1870), and its critical reception by Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, and Gilles Deleuze. With its core being distinctly masochistic, my novella radically unties masochism from predominantly sexual meanings within the rigidly gendered scenario of domination and submission, and transposes it onto familial domain, primarily mother-daughter relationship. Furthermore, alongside the departure from the conventional view that masochism is some deviation in the structure of an individual's desire, or, to use psychoanalytical term, sexual '~perversion,' my novella questions societal normalizing practices instrumental in executing control. By doing so, I intend to prove this notion to be a potent psychological and cultural concept in the construction of gender, familial power dynamic, and identitarian politics. --Leaf ii.
Sacher-Masoch, Leopold, Ritter von, 1835-1895. Venus in furs.Plant-fungus relationships.Mycotrophy.