Slavoj Žižek: Enjoy Your Symptom! Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and out (Revised Edition)

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Hailed as the most significant thinker of our age, Slavoj Žižek develops the philosophical implications of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to articulate a new vision of human nature and culture. One of Žižek's most intriguing books is Enjoy Your Symptom! Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and out (1992).

In Enjoy Your Symptom! (abbreviated EYS below) Žižek uses examples from popular culture in order to improvise on five fundamental Lacanian motifs: letter, woman, repetition, phallus, and father. In EYS, Žižek does not offer psychoanalytic interpretations of the films and books he discusses; instead, he discusses familiar examples from popular culture to elucidate …

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Wood, Kelsey. "Enjoy Your Symptom! Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and out (Revised Edition)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2008
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