|About the Book|
Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements of Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of the psycholanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan through the works of contemporary popular culture, from horror fiction and detectiveMoreSlavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements of Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of the psycholanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan through the works of contemporary popular culture, from horror fiction and detective thrillers to popular romances and Hitchcock films.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 contemporarypopular culture, from Hitchcocks Vertigo to Stephen Kings Pet Sematary, fromMcCulloughs An Indecent Obsession to Romeros Return of the Living Dead - astrategy of looking awry that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience ofLacan.Zizek discovers fundamental Lacanian categories the triadImaginary/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 medias perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcocks films. The playfulness of Zizeks 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, Slovenia. His work has been published in France and in Yugoslavia where, runningas a proreform candidate, he narrowly missed being elected to the presidency of therepublic of Slovenia.