Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Lacan... But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock: Second Edition

Editor : Slavoj Zizek

Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Lacan... But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Verso
  • Published : January 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 304
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 2370
  • ISBN 13 : 9781844676217
  • ISBN 10 : 1844676218

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A compilation of papers applying the insights of Lacan to Hitchcock's movies and vice versa. Hitchcock gets onto the analyst's couch in this extraordinary volume of case studies. The contributors bring to bear an unrivalled enthusiasm and theoretical sweep on the entire Hitchcock oeuvre, from Rear Window to Psycho, which is shown to be an exemplary source of postmodern defamiliarization. Starting from the premise that 'everything has meaning', the authors analyze the films' ostensible narrative content and formal procedures to discover a rich proliferation of ideological and psychic mechanisms at work. But Hitchcock is also a bait to lure the reader into a serious Marxist and Lacanian exploration of the construction of meaning. An extraordinary landmark in Hitchcock studies, this edition features a brand new essay by Slavoj Zizek.

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Slavoj Zizek, dubbed by the Village Voice "the giant of Ljubljana", is back with a new edition of his seriously entertaining book on film, psychoanalysis, and life. His inimitable blend of philosophical and social theory, Lacanian analysis, and outrageous humour are here made to show how Hollywood movies can explain psychoanalysis - and vice versa. Typical Zizek questions are:
* Why does the phallus appear?
* Why is woman a symptom of man?
* Why are there always two fathers?
These are explained by means of such films as Marnie and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

About the Editor(s)

Slavoj Zizek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst, and political activist. He is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the author of numerous books on dialectical materialism, critique of ideology and art.

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