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Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out
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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 humor are here made to show how Hollywood movies can explain psychoanalysis-and vice versa. Why does the phallus appear? Why is woman a symptom of man? Why are there always two fathers? These typical Zizek questions are explained by means of such films as "Marnie" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much,"
Book News Annotation:
Pop culture critic Zizek (Institute for Social Sciences, U. of Ljubljana, Slovenia) updates his 1992 introduction of the doctrine of Jacques Lacan for Americans, by way of Hollywood and a full array of linguistic gymnastics. The second edition includes a new final chapter "focusing on the fantasmatic support of the notion of reality" and romping through the films of Alfred Hitchcock (with detours through Wagner, Dickens, and others).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An elucidation of the fundamentals of Lacanian theory - letter, fantasy, woman, repetition, phallus, father, - with reference to popular culture and films such as "City Lights", "Sophie's Choice" and "The Elephant Man" amongst others.
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