Zizek @60

Slavoj Žižek @60

Zizek in The Birds by you.

Slavoj Zizek inserts himself into The Birds in this promotional image for The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.

Slavoj Žižek (born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian sociologist, contemporary philosopher, filmosopher and cultural critic.

I’ve been drawn to Žižek since the early days of the internet, perhaps making my way to him via Gilles Deleuze, my first philosophy/internet love. My interest peaked in 2006 when he released The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema in which he celebrated his brand of psychoanalytical film theory based on horror films and psychological thrillers. Last summer I spent about 3 continuous hours “getting” Žižek only to find out that Žižek’s entire work is the endeavour to use Lacan as a tool to reactualize German idealism using the Lacanian concepts of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real (see Zizek and the German idealists).

If I had my way, I would organize the David Bordwell vs Slavoj Žižek Celebrity Deathmatch.

2 thoughts on “Zizek @60

  1. Valter

    Having just thrown Zizek’s ‘On Violence’ away half-finished, I’d describe him as a Lacanian Leninist.

    I’ve always been allergic to Lacan and his followers. Perhaps it’s due to the longstanding animosity between Durkheimian anthropologists and psychologists.BTW, did you know Lacan was part of Bataille’s Acephale secret society?

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