Slavoj Žižek is no ordinary thinker. Combining psychoanalysis, philosophy and politics into a compelling whole, Žižek’s approach is always both fresh and fascinating. The scope of his subject matter is equally exhilarating, ranging from the political apathy of contemporary life, to a joke about the man who thinks he will be eaten by a chicken, from the ethical heroism of Keanu Reeves in ‘Speed’, to what toilet designs reveal about the national psyche. In this volume, Tony Myers provides a clear and engaging guide to Žižek’s key ideas, explaining the main influences on Žižek’s thought, including his crucial engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis. Using examples drawn from popular culture and everyday life, Myers outlines for the first time the main issues that Žižek’s work tackles, including:
- What is a subject and why is it so important?
- What is so terrible about postmodernity?
- How can we distinguish reality from ideology?
- What is the relationship between men and women?
- Why is racism always a fantasy?
Slavoj Žižek is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the thought of the critic whom Terry Eagleton has described as ‘the most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in Europe for some decades’. Tony Myers is a former lecturer at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Upgrade Your English Essay (Arnold 2002) and numerous articles on postmodernism, psychoanalysis and politics.