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Interrogating the Real by Slavoj Zizek


Interrogating the Real by Slavoj Zizek

Interrogating the Real is the first volume of the collected writings of Slavoj Zizek - undoubtedly one of the world's leading contemporary cultural commentators. Drawing upon the full range of his prolific output, the articles here cover psychoanalysis, philosophy and popular culture. These essays not only reflect the remarkable breadth and depth of Zizek's interest in politics, culture and philosophy, but also showcase his sometimes controversial, but always entertaining style. Over course of the collection, a full and clear sense of Zizekian philosophy emerges, derived from Hegelian dialectics, Marxist politics and Lacanian psychoanalysis. At the same time, Zizek's witty and accessible approach to his subject matter remains constant throughout, and his choice of exemplars from pop culture - from Hollywood movies to pulp literature - ensures that this is a consistently fresh and surprising body of work. Thematically organised, the book is divided into three sections and includes a new preface by Zizek himself, as well as an introduction by the editors and a helpful glossary for those coming to Zizek's work for the first time. This collection, along with the second volume - The Universal Exception - is an excellent introduction to the work of one of the most inspiring, provocative and entertaining cultural critics at work today.


'The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in some decades.'
Terry Eagleton

'One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.'

About the Author

Slavoj Zizek is one of the world's leading contemporary cultural critics and a prolific author. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York.

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Publication date

19th October 2006


Slavoj Zizek

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


392 pages


Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)



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