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Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture
     

Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture

by Slavoj Zizek
 
In this book 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.

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In this book 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.

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Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262240314
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/22/1991
Series:
October Books Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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" Looking Awry is a wonderful introduction to dialectical psychoanalysis; to a fresh approach to the subjectivities of mass culture, and to an extraordinary new voice we will hear often in the coming years." Fredric R. Jameson , Duke University

"A Hegelian and a Lacanian Hitchcock has my vote! Looking Awry is a wonderful introduction to dialectical psychoanalysis; to a fresh approach to the subjectivities of mass culture; and to an extraordinary new voice we will hear often in the coming years." Fredric R. Jameson

"Žižek is a one-person culture mulcher. Flinging out readings of film noir or Hitchcock"s The Birds, drawing maps of the unconscious, analyzing the commodity form, Stephen King, or Hegel"s Phenomenology of Spirit, be plays the philosopher as standup comic.... The elusive Lacan, who cultivated an aura of indecipherability with the care of a diva becomes a field guide to life in an age of media." Edward Ball , Voice Literary Supplement

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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