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

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

by Slavoj Zizek
     
 

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ISBN-10: 026274015X

ISBN-13: 9780262740159

Pub. Date: 09/08/1992

Publisher: MIT Press

Slavoj Žižek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques
Lacan. Žižek inverts current pedagogical strategies to explain the difficult philosophical underpinnings of the French theoretician and practician who revolutionized our view of psychoanalysis. He

Overview

Slavoj Žižek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques
Lacan. Žižek 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.

Žižek 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 Žižek'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, Žižek is uniquely able to distinguish Lacan from the poststructuralists who so often claim him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262740159
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/08/1992
Series:
October Books
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
319,859
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
I How Real Is Reality? 1(66)
From Reality to the Real
3(18)
The Paradoxes of Object Petit a
3(5)
A Black Hole in Reality
8(13)
The Real and Its Vicissitudes
21(27)
How the Real Returns and Answers
21(18)
How the Real Is Rendered and Knows
39(9)
Two Ways to Avoid the Real of Desire
48(19)
The Sherlock Holmes Way
48(12)
The Philip Marlowe Way
60(7)
II One Can Never Know Too Much about Hitchcock 67(56)
How the Non-duped Err
69(19)
"The Unconscious Is Outside"
69(10)
Ladies Who Vanish
79(9)
The Hitchcockian Blot
88(19)
The Phallic Anamorphosis
88(9)
The Maternal Superego
97(10)
Pornography, Nostalgia, Montage: A Triad of the Gaze
107(16)
The Perverse Short Circuit
107(9)
The Hitchcockian Cut
116(7)
III Fantasy, Bureaucracy, Democracy 123(48)
The Ideological Sinthome
125(16)
Gaze and Voice as Objects
125(5)
"Love Thy Sinthome as Thyself"
130(11)
The Obscene Object of Postmodernity
141(13)
The Postmodernist Break
141(6)
Bureaucracy and Enjoyment
147(7)
Formal Democracy and Its Discontents
154(17)
Toward an Ethic of Fantasy
154(8)
The Nation-Thing
162(9)
Notes 171(14)
Index of Works Cited 185

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