Slavoj Žižek: Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (2612 words)

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The philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek is one of today’s most important and innovative thinkers. Zizek is best known as an interpreter of contemporary culture in light of the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, and one of his most popular books is Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (1991). In his preface, Zizek describes the book as:

[...] a reading of the most sublime theoretical motifs of Jacques Lacan together with and through exemplary cases of contemporary mass culture: not only Alfred Hitchcock, about whom there is now general agreement that he was, after all, a “serious artist,” but also film noir, science fiction, detective novels,…

Citation: Wood, Kelsey. "Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2008 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=23509, accessed 19 August 2022.]

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