Zizek: A Critical Introduction
April 2003, Polity
Sarah Kay’s book provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to Žižek’s work. His writings to date are presented and evaluated here for the first time, together with an outline of their development and explanations of his key premises, themes and terms. This book will be essential reading for students of cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy and social and political theory.
Chapter 1: Introduction: thinking, writing and reading about the real.
Chapter 2: Dialectic and the real: Lacan, Hegel, and the alchemy of après-coup.
Chapter 3: ‘Reality’ and the real: culture as anamorphosis:.
Chapter 4: The real of sexual difference: imagining, thinking, being.
Chapter 5: Ethics and the real: the ungodly virtues of psychoanalysis.
Chapter 6: Politics, or, the art of the impossible.
Glossary of Žižekian terms.
- The powerful and explosive writings of Zizek, the most significant interdisciplinary thinker of modern times, are here presented and evaluated for the first time.
- Žižek’s thought revolves around ‘the real’, an elusive concept in Lacanian psychoanalysis; he refines and tests this concept against key philosophical thinkers from Descartes to Derrida, especially Hegel.
- Kay outlines the development of Zizek's thought, and explains his key premises, themes, and terms.
- Kay goes on to demonstrate that the decisive orientation of Žižek’s thought is ultimately political - he uses psychoanalysis and philosophy not just to understand the world, but also in order to change it.