Slavoj Žižek: The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime

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Žižek's Lacan is not the Lacan of post-structuralism, the theorist of the floating signifier, but the Lacan of the Real, the first category in the famous Lacanian triad of the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic. The most under-represented of the Lacanian categories, the Real is also the most unfathomable because it is fundamentally impenetrable and cannot be assimilated to the symbolic order of language and communication (the fabric of daily life); nor does it belong to the Imaginary, the domain of images with which we identify and which capture our attention. —Marek Wieczorek

One of Slavoj Žižek's more sustained engagements with film theory is The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime. But like …

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Citation:
Wood, Kelsey. "The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 June 2010
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