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Interrogating the Real

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Interrogating the Real is the first volume of the collected writings of Slavoj Žižek - undoubtedly one of the world's leading contemporary cultural commentators, and one of the most inspiring, provocative and entertaining cultural critics at work today. Drawing upon the full range of his prolific output, the articles here cover psychoanalysis, philosophy and popular culture, reflecting the remarkable breadth and depth of Žižek's interest in politics, culture and philosophy, and also showcasing his entertaining ...

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Overview

Interrogating the Real is the first volume of the collected writings of Slavoj Žižek - undoubtedly one of the world's leading contemporary cultural commentators, and one of the most inspiring, provocative and entertaining cultural critics at work today. Drawing upon the full range of his prolific output, the articles here cover psychoanalysis, philosophy and popular culture, reflecting the remarkable breadth and depth of Žižek's interest in politics, culture and philosophy, and also showcasing his entertaining style.  A full and clear sense of Žižekian philosophy emerges, derived from Hegelian dialectics, Marxist politics and Lacanian psychoanalysis.  At the same time, Žižek's witty and accessible approach to his subject and his choice of exemplars from pop culture ensure that this is a consistently fresh and surprising body of work.

The book includes a new preface by Žižek himself, as well as an introduction by the editors and a helpful glossary for those coming to Žižek's work for the first time. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472514936
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/19/2013
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 476,692
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's leading contemporary cultural critics and a hugely prolific author. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA.

Rex Butler is Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Queensland, Australia. His previous publications include Jean Baudrillard: The Defence of the Real (Sage, 1999).

Scott Stephens is Researcher at the Centre for Theology and Politics, Brisbane, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface, Slavoj Žižek \ 'The Thing Itself' Appears: Introducing the Work of SlavojŽižek, Rex Butler andScott Stephens \ Part One: Lacanian Orientations \ 1. The Societyfor Theoretical Psychoanalysis in Yugoslavia \ 2. Why Lacan is Hegelian \ 3. The Most Sublime of Hysterics: Hegel with Lacan \ 4. Connections of theFreudian Field to Philosophy and Popular Culture \ 5. Lacan between CulturalStudies and Cognitivism \ Part Two: Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis \6. The Limits of the Semiotic Approach to Psychoanalysis \ 7. A Hair of theDog That Bit You \ 8. Hegel, Lacan, Deleuze: Three Strange Bedfellows \ 9. The Eclipse of Meaning:On Lacan and Deconstruction \ 10. The Parallax View \ Part Three: The Fantasy ofIdeology \ 11. Between Symbolic Fiction and Fantasmic Spectre: Towards aLacanian Theory of Ideology \ 12. Beyond Discourse Analysis \ 13. Re-visioning'Lacanian' Social Criticism: The Law and its Obscene Double \ 14. Why is WagnerWorth Saving? \ 15. The Real of Sexual Difference \ Glossary.

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