The Sublime Object of Ideology

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860919711

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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In this provocative and original work, Slavoj _i_ek takes a look 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 Alien to the Jewish Joke, the author’s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society. _i_ek takes issue with analysts of the postmodern condition from Habermas to Sloterdijk, showing that the idea of a ‘post-ideological’ world ignores the fact that ‘even if we do not take things seriously, we are still doing them’. Rejecting postmodernism’s unified world of surfaces, he traces a line of thought from Hegel to Althusser and Lacan, in which the human subject is split, divided by a deep antagonism which determines social reality and through which ideology operates. 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. In so doing, The Sublime Object of Ideology represents a powerful contribution to a psychoanalytical theory of ideology, as well as offering persuasive interpretations of a number of contemporary cultural formations.
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The Sublime Object of Ideology

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844673001

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Slavoj Žižek presents a provocative and original examination of the question of human agency in a postmodern world.
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The Plague of Fantasies

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 248

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In this text the author explored the relations between fantasy and ideology, the way in which fantasy animates and structures enjoyment while protecting against its excesses, the associations of the motions of fetishism with fantasmic seduction, and the ways in which digitalization and cyberspace affect the status of subjectivity.
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The Sublime

Author: Philip Shaw

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415268486

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Often labelled as 'indescribable', the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. Offering historical overviews and explanations, Philip Shaw looks at: the legacy of the earliest, classical theories of the sublime through the romantic to the postmodern and avant-garde sublimity the major theorists of the sublime such as Kant, Burke, Lyotard, Derrida, Lacan and Zizek, offering critical introductions to each the significance of the concept through a range of literary readings including the Old and New testaments, Homer, Milton and writing from the romantic era how the concept of the sublime has affected other art forms such as painting and film, from abstract expressionism to David Lynch's neo-noir. This remarkably clear study of what is, in essence, a term which evades definition, is essential reading for students of literature, critical and cultural theory.
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Literary Criticism in the 21st Century

Theory Renaissance

Author: Vincent B. Leitch

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472531825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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For more than a decade literary criticism has been thought to be in a post-theory age. Despite this, the work of thinkers such as Derrida, Deleuze and Foucault and new writers such as Agamben and Ranciere continue to be central to literary studies. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century explores the explosion of new theoretical approaches that has seen a renaissance in theory and its importance in the institutional settings of the humanities today. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century covers such issues as: The institutional history of theory in the academy The case against theory, from the 1970s to today Critical reading, theory and the wider world Keystone works in contemporary theory New directions and theory's many futures Written with an engagingly personal and accessible approach that brings theory vividly to life, this is a passionate defence of theory and its continuing relevance in the 21st century.
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The Ticklish Subject

The Absent Centre of Political Ontology

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859842911

Category: Psychology

Page: 409

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A spectre is haunting Western academia, the spectre of the Cartesian subject.
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Fictions of Home

Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000

Author: Martin Mühlheim

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 3772000398

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home. In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.
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The Metastases of Enjoyment

Six Essays on Woman and Causality

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9780860914440

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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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 Crying Game and the films of David Lynch, and the links between violence and power/gender relations.
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From Agamben to Zizek

Author: Jon Simons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686746

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990.
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