Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping
Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques Lacan. Zizek inverts current pedagogical strategies to explain the difficult philosophical underpinnings of the French theoretician and practician who revolutionized our view of psychoanalysis. He approaches Lacan through the motifs and works of contemporary popular culture, from Hitchcock's Vertigo to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, from
McCullough's An Indecent Obsession to Romero's Return of the Living Dead - a strategy of "looking awry" that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience of Lacan.Zizek discovers fundamental
Lacanian categories the triad Imaginary/Symbolic/Real, the object small a, the opposition of drive and desire, the split subject - at work in horror fiction, in detective thrillers, in romances, in the mass media's perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcock's films. The playfulness of Zizek's text, however, is entirely different from that associated with the deconstructive approach made famous by Derrida. By clarifying what Lacan is saying as well as what he is not saying, Zizek is uniquely able to distinguish Lacan from the poststructuralists who so often claim him.Slavoj Zizek is a Researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the University of
Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. His work has been published in France and in Yugoslavia where, running as a proreform candidate, he narrowly missed being elected to the presidency of the republic of
Slovenia.

The MIT Press

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A brilliant piece of work, as Yugoslavian social theorist (and reform activist) Zizek explicates famed French psychoanalyst Lacan through the motifs and works of contemporary popular culture, including Hitchcock, Chaplin, Stephen King, and George Romero. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262740159
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/1992
  • Series: October Books
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 747,469
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular
Culture
, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity,
The Parallax View, and (with John Milbank) The Monstrosity of Christ:
Paradox or Dialect
, these four published by the MIT Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I How Real Is Reality?
1 From Reality to the Real
The Paradoxes of Objet Petit a
A Black Hole in Reality
2 The Real and Its Vicissitudes
How the Real Returns and Answers
How the Real Is Rendered and Knows
3 Two Ways to Avoid the Real of Desire
The Sherlock Holmes Way
The Philip Marlowe Way
II One Can Never Know Too Much about
Hitchcock4 How the Non-duped Err
"The Unconscious Is Outside"
Ladies Who Vanish
5 The Hitchcockian Blot
The Phallic Anamorphosis
The Maternal Superego
6 Pornography, Nostalgia, Montage: A Traid of the Gaze
The Perverse Short Circuit
The Hitchcockian Cut
III Fantasy, Bureaucracy, Democracy
7 The Ideological Sinthome
Gaze and Voice as Objects
"Love Thy Sinthome as Thyself"
8 The Obscene Object of Postmodernity
The Postmodernist Break
Bureaucracy and Enjoyment
9 Formal Democracy and Its Discontents
Toward and Ethic of Fantasy
The Nation-Thing
Notes
Index of Works Cited
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