Slavoj Žižek

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The British critic Terry Eagleton claims that Slavoj Žižek is “the most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in Europe for some decades”. Assuming such formidable brilliance, why does Professor Žižek draw large audiences and pack auditoriums across whatever continent he visits? He consistently fills lecture halls and classrooms beyond their normal capacity, and this is remarkable, considering that a first encounter with Žižek's thinking generally disturbs or even offends. It is also noteworthy that, in spite of their provocative (and occasionally offensive) nature, Žižek's dozens of books and hundreds of articles are compulsively enjoyable to read. How has …

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Citation:
Wood, Kelsey. "Slavoj Žižek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 January 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11757, accessed 22 August 2014.]

Articles on Žižek's works

  1. Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? Five Interventions in the (Mis)use of a Notion
  2. Enjoy Your Symptom! Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and out (Revised Edition)
  3. First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
  4. For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor
  5. How to Read Lacan
  6. In Defense of Lost Causes
  7. Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle
  8. Living in the End Times
  9. Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture
  10. On Belief
  11. Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences
  12. Tarrying With The Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology
  13. The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime
  14. The Fragile Absolute, Or Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For
  15. The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieslowski between Theory and Post-theory
  16. The Indivisible Remainder: On Schelling and Related Matters
  17. The Metastases of Enjoyment: On Women and Causality
  18. The Parallax View
  19. The Plague of Fantasies
  20. The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity
  21. The Sublime Object of Ideology
  22. The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology
  23. The Year of Dreaming Dangerously
  24. Violence
  25. Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Related Groups

  1. Psychoanalysis