Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out / Edition 2

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Slavoj Zizek, dubbed by the Village Voice "the giant of Ljubljana," is back with a new edition of his seriously entertaining book on film, psychoanalysis (and life). His inimitable blend of philosophical and social theory, Lacanian analysis, and outrageous humor are made to show how Hollywood movies can explain psychoanalysis-and vice versa using films such as Marnie and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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Editorial Reviews

Pop culture critic Zizek (Institute for Social Sciences, U. of Ljubljana, Slovenia) updates his 1992 introduction of the doctrine of Jacques Lacan for Americans, by way of Hollywood and a full array of linguistic gymnastics. The second edition includes a new final chapter "focusing on the fantasmatic support of the notion of reality" and romping through the films of Alfred Hitchcock (with detours through Wagner, Dickens, and others). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415928120
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Zizek is Research Fellow at the University of Ljubljana. He teaches and lectures frequently in the United States. Among his many books are Looking Awry and The Ticklish Subject.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition
1 Why Does a Letter Always Arrive at Its Destination? 1
1.1 Death and Sublimation: The Final Scene of City Lights 1
1.2 Imaginary, Symbolic, Real
2 Why is Woman a Symptom of Man? 31
2.1 Why is Suicide the Only Successful Act? 31
2.2 The "Night of the World" 46
3 Why is Every Act a Repetition? 69
3.1 Beyond "Distributive Justice" 69
3.2 Identity and Authority
4 Why Does the Phallus Appear? 113
4.1 Grimaces of the Real
4.2 Phallaphany of the Anal Father 124
5 Why Are There Always Two Fathers?
5.1 At the Origins of Noir: The Humiliated Father 149
5.2 Die Versagung 165
6 Why Is Reality Always Multiple?
6.1 Is There a Proper Way to Remake a Hitchcock Film? 195
6.2 The Matrix, Or, the Two Sides of Perversion
Index 235
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