Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction

Author(s) : Ian Parker

Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Pluto Press
  • Published : 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 92038
  • ISBN 13 : 9780745320717
  • ISBN 10 : 0745320716
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Since the publication of his first book in English in 1989, Slavoj Zizek has quickly become one of the most widely read and contentious intellectuals alive today. With dazzling wit and tremendous creativity he has produced innovative and challenging explorations of Lacan, Hegel and Marx, and used his insights to exhilarating effect in analyses of popular culture. While Zizek is always engaging, he is also elusive and even contradictory. It can be very hard to finally determine where he stands on a particular issue. Is Zizek Marxist or Post-Marxist? How seriously should we take his recent turn to Christianity? Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction shows the reader a clear path through the twists and turns of Zizek's writings. Ian Parker takes Zizek's treatment of Hegel, Lacan and Marx in turn and outlines and assesses Zizek's interpretation and extension of these thinkers' theories. While Parker is never hastily dismissive of Zizek's innovations, he remains critical throughout, aware that the energy of Zizek's writing can be bewitching and beguiling as well as engaging and profound.

About the Author(s)

Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology in the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is widely published, and his books include The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology (1989), Psychoanalytic Culture: Psychoanalytic Discourse in Western Society (1997), Critical Discursive Psychology (2002), Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction (2004) and Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation (2008).

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