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Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture By Slavoj Žižek Looking Awry An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture 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
  • Title: Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture
  • Author: Slavoj Žižek
  • ISBN: 9780262740159
  • Page: 340
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  • Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture By Slavoj Žižek 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 detective thrillers to popular romances and Hitchcock films Zizek inverts current pedagogical strategies to explain the difficult philosophiSlavoj 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 Hitchcock s Vertigo to Stephen King s Pet Sematary, fromMcCullough s An Indecent Obsession to Romero s 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 media s perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcock s films The playfulness of Zizek 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, 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.
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    1. Slavoj Žižek

      Slavoj i ek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia then part of SFR Yugoslavia He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques Alain Miller and Fran ois Regnault In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia an auxiliary institution, abolished in 1992 Since 2005, i ek has been a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts i ek is well known for his use of the works of 20th century French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in a new reading of popular culture He writes on many topics including the Iraq War, fundamentalism, capitalism, tolerance, political correctness, globalization, subjectivity, human rights, Lenin, myth, cyberspace, postmodernism, multiculturalism, post marxism, David Lynch, and Alfred Hitchcock In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pa s he jokingly described himself as an orthodox Lacanian Stalinist In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now he described himself as a Marxist and a Communist.

    384 thoughts on “Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture”

    1. 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 accessible read Certainly Looking Awry tries to explicate Lacanian theory, but unlike the earlier book, Looking Awry is focused on making Lacanian theory accessible than it is in restructuring major traditions of ideology.Part of what makes Looking Awry [...]


    2. Like it s often the case with i ek it s highly entertaining but lacks substance If you are looking for a book to learn about Lacan in a systematic way, this is in no way a book for you Generally speaking, words systematic and i ek don t go together, so the fragmentary and digressive nature of this book should not come as a surprise He has fun ways of presenting some of Lacan s ideas, but in this particularized form it s not worth much because the bigger Lacanian picture will still elude the read [...]


    3. 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 clearly, and each time being tied in with other aspects of Lacanian psychoanalysis such as the tri partite structure of experience Imaginary Symbolic Real It is not possible to be bored reading this book Even if what Zizek is talking about in terms of content goes over your head, he will always render s [...]


    4. 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 he makes it reasonably accessible and super interesting But Zizek is not someone whose express goal it is to make the works of a giant like Lacan accessible to the public at large, but to further explicate Zizek s own philosophy two parts Lacan, two parts Hegel, one part Marx , which is not on the surface in this book, but is always just under the surface Much of [...]


    5. This is a very interesting and provocative read Lacan s theories are nothing if not provocative Parts of this book are pure intellectual joy However, it is not an introduction as the title states To truly appreciate this book, readers must know their Freud well beyond what is taught in Psych 101 One must have seen about a dozen Hitchcock films to truly appreciate this introduction, particularly Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, The 39 Steps, and Rope If you ar [...]


    6. 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 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, and the thi [...]


    7. I m just beginning to delve in to Lacan and want to read 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 some Googling In other words, Lacan is sort of my project for 2016 I am a lucky 73 year old man to have good health and a spouse that lets me read all day.






    8. Terminat r filminde, Arnold Schwarzenegger, gelecekteki dik ba l bir liderin annesini ld rme amac yla gelecekten g n m z Los Angeles na d nen bir sayborg u oynar Bu fig r n korkun lu u, ondan geriye sadece metalik, bacaks z bir iskelet kald nda bile isteminde srar eden ve hi bir d n ya da karars zl k belirtisi g stermeden kurban n n pe ine d en programlanm bir robot i levi g rmesinden gelir Terminat r arzudan yoksun d rt n n cisimle mi halidir


    9. Very entertaining, despite having never seen a single Hitchcock film A passage near the end stuck out to me as particularly relevant Are we not then led to the unavoidable conclusion that all ethical projects, including those that are openly antidemocratic, racist, etc are ultimately equivalent, insofar as we can give preference to one of them only by assuming a certain narrative perspective that is contingent, i.e insofar as every argument in its favor is by definition circular, presupposing in [...]


    10. Read this and reviews of other classics in Western Philosophy on the History page of BestPhilosophyBooks athinkPhilosophy Production Slavoj Zizek is known for his psychoanalytic readings of films, his Youtube rants about love, and his uniquely humorous takes on current political events How does he do it Looking Awry An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture gives us some answers It is a masterful introduction to Jacques Lacan and the psychoanalytic theory that lays behind much of [...]


    11. Great introduction to some of the basic but hard to grasp Lacanian concepts Zizek is popularized by the huge mainstream media attention, so if you have interacted with him before on some other medium, you will find yourself immersed in this book with relative ease His playful approach with Hitchcock was also very refreshing for me as I have not thought of Hitchcock as one of my favorite directors before, although I loved some of his films.You may feel lost or tired at times for me, Kafka part , [...]


    12. Well, I am surprised by the fact that I actually quite liked this book and I found it relatively easy to read Still, I m not sure in what way this is an introduction to Lacan, since i ek never really takes time to explain certain concepts in detail, but takes it for granted that the reader somehow knows, say, the difference between desire and drive That said, I do have to compliment his examples They certainly make you want to read SF and maybe see some less known Hitchcock films.


    13. New Lacanian Slavoj Zizek is a trip Academic supah staaar He s also quite brilliant His rendering of Lacanian psychoanalysis through pop culture, mostly film, is incisive, useful, daring at times and yes, entertaining too Slavoj s a lot of fun, especially if you are into film and psychoanalysis, I highly highly recommend the documentary on him which is essentially an adendum to this book, The Pervert s Guide to the Cinema.


    14. I d say the first 3 4 of the book is very good but as it continues it seems that Zizek is less concerned with explaining Lacan so much as using Lacan to grind his own axe, so to speak I ll likely re read this very soon and take some notes while I do so Lots of terminology and concepts to keep track of, which also was probably why the latter bit of the book was pretty difficult to follow.


    15. El subt tulo es una introducci n a Jaques Lacan a trav s de la cultura popular Pero ciertamente es tambi n un impresionante estudio sobre Hitchcock S , V rtigo analizada hasta sus m s rec nditos y oscuros rincones En el estilo de Zizek, que cuando escribe y se encuentra indignado pega una puteada Genial, me cae super bien este tipo.


    16. A great intro to both Zizek Lacan Zizek s psychoanalysis of pop culture provides the backdrop for exploring some of Lacan s deeper themes of communicating below the surface Also helps lovers of film to think critically creatively about media messages past present.


    17. Absolutely brilliant Incisive but very approachable The bridge between high Theory and low popular culture is built most brilliantly Have not read something so genuinely enjoyable yet fully packed with ingenuity for a long time.


    18. i think about this book every time i reflect on my fascination with mysteries the bizarre comfort i get out of watching Law Order the only thing i remember from reading it is his discussion of psychoanalysis mystery novels as having the same basic features.


    19. Have had this for ages, started to read it, but need to get back to it I ve used Lacan so much in my papers that I really need to get a better grasp on his thought Zizek seems like a good place to do that.


    20. zizek is silly and absolutely a genius, and he sure loves his pop culture he gives me hope that one day i can write incredibly complex things about my love of popular culture, namely the bourne ultimatum advice read with a pen and a dvd player he s incredible.


    21. So far the most accessible path to Lacan I ve read yet Lacan is pretty notorious for being obscure for obscurity s sake, a rather annoying trait, and even most of his expositors do no better.


    22. Enjoyable interpretation of pop culture, esp the Stephen King and Hitchcock But the real horror show, is that Lacan s misogynistic psychoanalytical theories are taken seriously by anyone.






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