Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements of Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of the psycholanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweepingEastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques Lacan. Zizek inverts. Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping of “looking awry” that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience of Lacan.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Slavoj Zizek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements of Eastern Europe, looklng a virtuoso reading of the psycholanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan through the works of contemporary popular culture, from horror fiction and detective thrillers aqry popular romances and Hitchcock films.
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Is there a movie list so that readers can watch the movies slqvoj they read the book?
Hussein Zizek is interested in Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch movies, he is always reference from them. See 1 question about Looking Awry…. Lists with This Book. Dec 30, Phillip rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ideas in this book are very similar to those Zizek began developing in The Sublime Object of Ideology, but because Looking Awry is less grounded in the complex interplay of Hegelian dialectics and Lacanian psychoanalysis, this is a somewhat more accessible read.
Certainly Looking Awry tries to explicate Lacanian theory, but unlike the earlier book, Looking Awry is more focused on wlavoj Lacanian theory accessible than it is in restructuring major traditions of ideology. Part of what makes Loo The ideas in zizem book are very similar to those Zizek began developing in The Sublime Object of Ideology, but because Looking Awry is less grounded in the complex interplay of Hegelian dialectics and Lacanian psychoanalysis, this is a somewhat more accessible read.
Part of what makes Looking Awry a more accessible book is that its analysis is grounded in film and literary studies, particularly through Hitchcock’s films. Even if you don’t actually know the film or story under discussion, Zizek is very good at explaining the relevant portions of the film or story in such a way that they illustrate his point.
This is one of Zizek’s particular strengths as a writer. Dec 02, Vladimir rated it liked it. If you are looking for a book to learn about Lacan in a systematic way, this is in no way a book for you.
He has fun ways of lkoking some of Lacan’s ideas, but in this particularized form it’s not worth much because the bigger Lacanian picture will still elude the reader. Nov 20, Michael Ledezma rated it it was amazing. This book is incredibly insightful, not to mention fun. It has example after example of Lacanian concepts taken from movies and novels. The meaning of the object petit a is demonstrated, each time more clearly, and each time being tied in with looling aspects of Lacanian psychoanalysis such as the tri-partite structure of experience.
Even if what Zizek is aizek about lookinng terms of content goes over your head, he will alway This book is incredibly insightful, not to mention fun. Even if what Zizek is talking about in terms of content goes over your head, he will always render some kind of basic summary of his subject. Jul skavoj, Adam rated it really liked it. I could do with more Lacan and less pop culture.
This is my first “return to Zizek” after lengthy immersion in Lacan and Freud. Zizek’s noble goal is to provide revolutionary fervor with Lacanian linchpins. To that end, he makes use of what can be made to appear “readymade” from Lacan.
Mind you, this is no simple endeavor, and–until you are acclimated–it is anything but simple to understand Zizek’s pedagogic simplifications of Lacan. That is truly my only qualm: This is less an aspersion cast on Zizek that an exhortation to you potential? Apr 04, Cody Sexton rated it it was ok. For Lacan our unconscious is language itself. The result of all of this is that communication is never clear or complete, selves are both brought together and separated by language and the subject is subject to demands that remain unfulfilled and desires that are rooted not in the individual but in the symbolic order of which it is a part.
Social reality then is nothing more than a fragile, symbolic cobweb that can at any moment be torn asunder by an intrusion of the real. The real being any traumatic event that shatters our coordinates, i.
Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture
Culture is something we all believe in without realizing we believe in it. Jul 30, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: Have read this before so this time just came back to reread the extended analyses of crime-noir, film-noir, and Hitchcock films.
Dec 26, Justin rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a while.
Zizek does for “serious” contemporary philosophy what no one has before: But Zizek is not someone whose express goal it is to make the works zizsk a giant like Lacan accessible to the public at large, but more to further explicate Zizek’s own philosophy two parts Lacan, two parts Hegel, one part Marxwhich is not on the surface in this book, but is always just under the surfac This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a while.
But Slavoi is not someone whose express goal it is to make the works of a giant like Lacan accessible to the public at slavoh, but more to further explicate Zizek’s own philosophy two parts Lacan, two parts Hegel, one part Marxzize is not on the surface in this book, but is always just under the surface.
Much of the work in this book finds itself reworked in Zizek’s self-professed tour de force, The Parallax View. That being said, it is Zizek’s goal to make Zizek’s philosophy, while perhaps not “immediately accessible” to the public at large, at least clear enough that someone with an acquaintance with 20th C. At least more accessible than anyone zizdk Derrida, Deleuze or even Lacan himself ever tried to make their work.
Zizek’s primary goal here is not to make Lacan accessible in some kind of systematic way but to elucidate the work of mainly Hitchcock as well as some others including the entire mystery genre of fiction as well as a little Stephen King via Lacan. One gets the impression that wherever Zizek casts his net, he would reel in Lacan.
The effect does not seem contrived but rather that Lacan does indeed pervade cinema and fiction if not our lives more generally. Mar 12, Renee Leech rated it liked it. This is a very interesting lookung provocative read.
Lacan’s theories are nothing if not provocative.
Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture by Slavoj Žižek
Parts of this book are pure intellectual joy! However, it is not arwy introduction as the title states. To truly appreciate this book, readers must know their Freud well beyond what is taught in Psych If This is a very interesting and provocative read.
If you are a Hitchcock fan, and have a good memory for the plots and shots of his movies, you will probably appreciate this book a lot once you familiarize yourself with Lacan’s and Freud’s theories. You will probably even experience jouissance!
Feb 05, Tom Syverson rated it liked it. This is by no means an “introduction” to Lacan. If you’re not already quite familiar with Lacan, then I’d suggest reading something a bit more straightforward and comprehensive than this.
For the most part, this is great; Zizek has a talent for finding illustrations of complex portions of Lacan through a host of pop culture items, including film and literature. Divided into three parts, I found the first part the most interesting and helpful.
The second was less so, but still quite interesting, This is by no means an “introduction” to Lacan. The second was less so, but still quite interesting, and the third section I found a bit difficult to get through. Must-read for fans of Zizek in his most fully Lacanian mode. Feb 23, Anton rated it it was amazing. I’m just zizei to delve in to Lacan and want to read more before I make any comments other than I really enjoyed this book and am committed to reading it again after it gestates in my unknowable Thing.
And after I read a couple of Lacan’s books and do slavlj more Googling. In other words, Lacan is sort of my project for I am a lucky 73 year old man to have good health and a spouse that lets me read all day. Sep 05, Charlotte J. One can never know too much about Hitch cock. Apr 09, Aung Myat Minn rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 24, Joshua Flanders rated it really liked it.
A great intro to Lacan and the writings of Zizjek. May 07, Ivan Labayne rated it it was ok Shelves: May 30, Eddie Gonzales rated it really liked it. May 04, Peter D. Mathews rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s also that little matter of him constantly repeating plagiarizing?
His points and insights have a rare penetration into the complexities of whatever issue he is talking about – the problem is merely that he likes to jump from topic to topic, leaping with apparent abandon from a discussion of the function of the gaze in Hitchcock to the “postmodernity” of Kafka to the hysterical nature of Hegelian philosophy to the formal structure awwry the democratic subject all without blinking an eyelid.
Everyone who reads Lacan tends to be fascinated with the early to middle stages of Lacan’s work, namely, the structuralist-linguistic model that he develops in “An Instance of the Letter I have been trying so hard to grasp the significance of this term, which up until this point seemed banal and theoretically useless. This was wlavoj major theoretical breakthrough for me, a concept the value of which no other writer has allowed me to see.
Sep 24, Riley Holmes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very entertaining, despite having never seen a single Hitchcock film. A passage near the end stuck out to me as particularly relevant. What would be the ethical attitude proper to the “ironist?