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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The experience of the Yugoslav war and the rise of “irrational” violence in contemporary societies provides the theoretical and political context of this book, which uses Lacanian psychoanalysis as the basis for a renewal of the Marxist theory of ideology. The author’s analysis leads into a study of the figure of woman in modern art and ideology, including studies of The C ...more
Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 228 pages
Published January 17th 2006 by Verso (first published 1994)
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Jun 21, 2007 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: retail employees
The most dizzying thing I took away from this book was the way our culture tries to force us to enjoy things, as if that is all there ever is, and if you are not in a constant mood of happiness and entertainment, then there is something wrong with you. This method of looking at enjoyment as a disease, one which we are constantly seeing and never able to reach, therefore causing all of us to feel that there is something wrong, is a lense I think about everytime I work the concession stand at the ...more
One never quite knows what to make of Zizek. My friend Ginny at McGill recommended this, and, while I enjoyed it, I'd forgotten how Zizek writes--- that strange inability to decide whether he's a Lacanian or a kind of repentant Marxist... The two chapters here on Courtly Love and David Lynch are very much worth reading--- Zizek does deft takes on "The Crying Game", Cronenberg's "M. Butterfly", and Lynch's "Wild At Heart". Yet there's a sense that the opening, more theoretical chapters are just w ...more
Anna Chiaretta
contains a good essay on David Lynch's films and their expressions of primordial desires as well as feminine identity issues described in reference to (of course) Lacan's 'objet petit a.'
Apr 13, 2009 Anita is currently reading it
I'm still trying to work out whether Zizek really takes women as subjects into account...
The format is typical Zizek. 6 essays with some sort of thread between them, split into parts by theme and all quixotically hinged upon some sort of premise which is explained in the introduction. However, this one actually does what Zizek says it does. He does actually look at the topic he outlines. In this book Zizek explores the Lacanian concept of jouissance that he feels lies at the heart of ideology (nothing new there) but following through the notion of the cause as a political factor. Th ...more
One of Zizek's more coherent books. Many of the arguments in the essays here have since been taken up at monograph length by other lacanian writers, and so this work reads kind of like a survey of the field. I'm thinking specifically of Rothenberg's "Excessive Subject" as a full length treatment of the second essay, "Does the Subject have a Cause?" and Copjec's "Imagine There's No Woman" as a discussion of many of the topics that come up here. I particularly enjoyed Zizek's distinction between t ...more
Zižek is enjoyable and fun to read as usual, his use of popular culture making him very accessible. My main issue was that the link between the different articles and the main title was tenuous, and I did not really get what I expected out of it.
Nuno Miranda Ribeiro
Enjoyment and its excessive nature, according to Lacan according to Zizek. Courtly love, that I resisted and resisted and still have not understood. Will not write here pretending to be anywhere near an expert, or even someone that can write a few lines about Zizek without a sense of embarrassment. Is's an author that makes me grow, as a thinker; that makes me want to be smarter and read more. Sometimes, reading him is like a sort of intelectual poetry. And saying this is dumb, I know. Whenever ...more
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Eric Eisberg
Not my favorite book by Zizek, as he seemed to have a bit less of a discernible direction or idea in this one. While his commentary on psychoanalysis was interesting, I left unconvinced. Three stars.
Oct 05, 2009 Danica marked it as started-and-put-down-for-later
read the first chapter, had a beer, and tried to get my therapist to tell me what kind of psychoanalysis he could stand behind.
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have bought, may comment later...
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Slavoj Žižek 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 François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P
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