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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lacan . . . But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock

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‘A modernist work of art is by definition ‘incomprehensible’; it functions as a shock, as the irruption of a trauma which undermines the complacency of our daily routine and resists being integrated. What postmodernism does, however, is the very opposite: it objects par excellence are products with mass appeal; the aim of the postmodernist treatment is to estrange their in ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published November 17th 1992 by Verso (first published January 1st 1988)
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Al Bità
Nov 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
As far as I can work out, this book brings together eight writers (the list of contributors at the back lists nine, but one seems to have slipped away in my 2010 edition of this 1992 work) in an attempt to apply Lacanian psychology to the works of Alfred Hitchcock. It presumes an awareness and familiarity with Lacan's work, as well as a pretty thorough knowledge of Hitchcock's works, or at least, those which the authors select for special comment. Some of the writers are more forthcoming than ot ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stunning parallels are drawn between the semiotician/philosopher/psychoanalyst and the director! You will not be able to watch certain scenes again without remembering the symbolic undertones. A must for any Hitchcock fan who understands the basis of Lacan's mirror stage theory! :)
Jul 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Zizek makes me laugh, but Lacanian psychoanalysis and this book both need to go die in a fire.
Christopher Roberts
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy, the-arts
I have read a lot of analysis on Hitchcock and this is the most dull by far. There really isn't much more I can say about it. Nearly every essay takes the least interesting approach to its subject. If you are more interested in Lacan than Hitchcock you might fare better.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Still don't like Hitchcock films..
Marco Tulio
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Verdaderamente divertido, panorámico sin ser superficial, del tipo de libro que uno lo deja pensando que ha conseguido una llave de acceso importante a una realidad importante (el cine de Hitchcock).
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Like his "sublime object", Zizek's genius is hard to grasp and even harder to articulate but somehow that doesn't obfuscate the delightful experience of reading this book.
Crystal Vales
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not exceedingly clear, Zizek is at times pedantic and obscure in his references, but the context of Hitchcock's thrillers helps to make his arguments more worthwhile.
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