"Venus in Furs" Analytical Essay by MrsDarcy

"Venus in Furs"
An examination of Leopold Von Sacher Masoch's "Venus in Furs" and it's implications for sexuality, empowerment, domination and feminism.
# 65680 | 1,133 words | 3 sources | APA | 2004 | AU
Published on May 15, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other)) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper discusses how "Venus in Furs" theatrically transgresses conventions of nature, gender and sexuality and how this transgression is nonetheless marked by limits. It is description of a male protagonist who is so captivated by a woman that he desires to live as her slave. It looks at how it offers forms of transgression and a fantasy of dis-empowerment available only to the empowered Western elite male subject.

From the Paper:

"Severin experiences pleasure by having pain inflicted on him in sexual circumstances. Traditionally, it is the woman who feels pain during sexual intercourse. This has been reversed in Sacher Masoch's novel; however it seems unrealistic as it can easily be reversed back to the original state. Wanda is continually referenced as a woman with miniature hands and feet, and a very tiny waist. She could easily be overpowered by a man if he so chose - the masochist male fantasy in Venus In Furs appears as just that - a fantasy - since it can so easily be overturned. The empowered male is only acting submissive - in truth he is much stronger than the woman and can take control physically at any time."

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