Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out: With a New Preface by the Author

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The title is just the first of many startling asides, observations and insights that fill this guide to Hollywood on the Lacanian psychoanalyst's couch.

Zizek introduces the ideas of
Jacques Lacan through the medium of American film, taking his examples from over 100 years of cinema, from Charlie Chaplin to The Matrix and referencing along the way such figures as Lenin and ...

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Overview

The title is just the first of many startling asides, observations and insights that fill this guide to Hollywood on the Lacanian psychoanalyst's couch.

Zizek introduces the ideas of
Jacques Lacan through the medium of American film, taking his examples from over 100 years of cinema, from Charlie Chaplin to The Matrix and referencing along the way such figures as Lenin and Hegel, Michel Foucault and Jesus
Christ.

Enjoy Your Symptom! is a thrilling guide to cinema and psychoanalysis from a thinker who is perhaps the last standing giant of cultural theory in the twenty-first century.

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'The thrill of reading Zizek ... arises in part from the collision between the insanity he finds everywhere in our psychic and social lives and the rigorous clarity with which he anatomizes its workings.' - Lingua Franca
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415772594
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,386,155
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Zizek (1949-) is one of the most prolific and charismatic cultural theorists working today. The author of such books as The Ticklish Subject and maker of documentaries such as The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, he is currently Senior Researcher at the Insititute for Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition     ix
Introduction to the Revised Edition     xvii
Introduction     xxi
Why Does a Letter Always Arrive at Its Destination?     1
Death and Sublimation: The Final Scene of City Lights     1
The trauma of the voice
The tramp's interposition
The separation
Imaginary, Symbolic, Real     11
Imaginary (mis)recognition
Symbolic circuit I: "There is no metalanguage"
Symbolic circuit II: Fate and repetition
The real encounter
Why is Woman a Symptom of Man?     35
Why is Suicide the Only Successful Act?     35
The act as an answer of the real
Germany, Year Zero: The word no longer obliges
Europe '51: Escape into guilt
Stromboli: The act of freedom
The "Night of the World"     53
Psychoanalysis and German idealism
The fiction of reality
The fascination of the sacrifice
Why is Every Act a Repetition?     79
Beyond "Distributive Justice"     79
Why was Chandler's Playback a failure?
"Distributive justice" and its exception
Sacrifice, traditional and utilitarian
Le Pire...
...ou pire
Repetition: imaginary, symbolic, real
Repetition and postmodernity
"Either/or" redoubled
Identity and Authority     96
The "exception reconciled in the universal"
The vicious circle of dialectics and its remainder
Identity and fantasy
Socrates versus Christ
The paradoxesof authority
The "impossible" performative
Kierkegaard's materialist reversal of Hegel"
Lacan versus Habermas
Why Does the Phallus Appear?     129
Grimaces of the Real     129
The "phantom of the opera": A spectroscopy
The voice qua object-From the modernist sinthome...
...to the postmodernist Thing
Phallophany of the Anal Father     142
The anal father
Phallophany versus phallic signifier
Class struggle in the opera
The subject of the Enlightenment
Why Are There Always Two Fathers?     169
At the Origins of Noir: The Humiliated Father     169
The paranoiac Other
"Woman as the symptom of man" revisited
From Ned Beaumont to Philip Marlowe
From Philip Marlowe to Dale Cooper
Die Versagung     188
The "sacrifice of the sacrifice"
Die Versagung, castration, alienation
"Subjective destitution"
"Tarrying with the negative"
Why is Reality Always Multiple?     221
Is There a Proper Way to Remake a Hitchcock Film?     221
The Hitchcockian sinthom
The Case of the Missing Gaze
Multiple Endings
The Ideal Remake
The Matrix, Or; the Two Sides of Perversion     242
Reaching the End Of the World
The "Really Existing" Big Other
"The Big Other doesn't Exist"
Screening the Real
The Freudian Touch
Staging the Fundamental Fantasy
Index     267
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