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Slavoj Žižek’s first book is a provocative and original work looking at the question of human agency in a postmodern world.
From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, from the operas of Wagner to science fiction, from Ridley Scott’s Alien to the Jewish joke, Žižek’s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion that make up human society. Linking key psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts to social phenomena such as totalitarianism and racism, the book explores the political significance of these fantasies of control.
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.
‘Žižek will entertain and offend, but never bore’—The Stranger
‘Discussing Hegel and Lacan is like breathing for Slavoj’—Judith Butler
‘Žižek steals some of the postmodernists’ clothes, he has little but contempt for their multiculturalism, anti-universalism, theoretical dandyism and modish obsession with culture’—Terry Eagleton
‘Žižek leaves no social or natural phenomenon untheorized, and is the master of the counterintuitive observation’—The New Yorker