Zizek: A Critical Introduction
by Sarah Kay
Zizek is hailed as the most significant interdisciplinary thinker of modern times. His work is a powerful, often explosive combination of Lacanian psychoanalysis and philosophy which tests key psychoanalytical concepts against the ideas of major European thinkers, especially Hegel. It has ignited enthusiasm and stimulated new approaches across a vast range of disciplines,...more
Published April 29th 2003 by Polity Press
(first published April 1st 2003)
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Zizek takes a critical look at pornography, the X-Files, David Lynch, and how different cultures are reflected in the way their waste drops into the toilet. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the book, but there is a documentary about him and also a 3-part special called A Pervert's Guide to the Cinema in which he psychoanalyzes a lot of movies. He is a fresh voice in philosophy in that he ridicules the snobbish and esoteric nature of most theorists and instead focuses on popular culture and how i...more
Despite having read most Zizek's work prior, I decided to purchase this book mostly to for the sympathetic Woman perspective. Despite what you may think of Zizek it is fair to say that Sarah Kay gets him and does an excellent job at contexualizing him in the fields of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, German Idealism and contemporary philosophical debates.