Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture

September 8, 1992|
Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture by Slavoj Zizek
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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.

Slavoj Žižek, a philosopher and cultural critic, is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more th...
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Title:Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:200 pages, 9.06 X 7.06 X 0.38 in
Shipping dimensions:200 pages, 9.06 X 7.06 X 0.38 in
Published:September 8, 1992
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262740159

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