"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.
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.
Preface by Slavoj Zizek; 'The Thing Itself' Appears: Introducing the Work of Slavoj Zizek; Part One: Lacanian Orientations; 1. The Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis in Yugoslavia; 2. Why Lavan is Hegelian; 3. The Most Sublime of Hysterics: Hegel with Lacan; 4. Connections of the Freudian Field to Philosophy and Popular Culture. 5. Lacan between Cultural Studies and Cognitivism; Part Two: Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis; 6. The Limits of the Semiotic Approach to Psychoanalysis; 7. A Hair of the Dog That Bit You; 8. Hegel, Lacan, Deleuze: Three Strange Bedfellows; 9. The Eclipse of Meaning: On Lacan and Deconstruction; 10. The Parallax View; Part Three: The Fantasy of Ideology; 11. Between Symbolic Fiction and Fantasmic Spectre: Towards a Lacanian Theory of Ideology; 12. Beyond Discourse Analysis; 13. Re-visioning 'Lacanian' Social Criticism: The Law and its Obscene Double; 14. Why is Wagner Worth Saving?; 15. The Real of Sexual Difference Glossary.