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 The 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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262740159
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/08/1992
Series:
October Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
753,892
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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