Two New Books on Žižek

March 5, 2008

Jodi Dean has posted two new books on Žižek on her blog: “Žižek: Beyond Foucault” and “Did Somebody Say Ideology?: On Slavoj Žižek and Consequences.” I’m more interested in the former. The latter is an anthology of a conference on Žižek. From a cultural studies perspective, I think that the former is a good source for outlining the main differences between discourse analysis and (Lacanian) ideological critique. On that note, Joan Copjec’s article, “The Orthopsychic Subject: Film Theory and the Reception of Lacan” does a good job of describing the difference between the Lacanian and Foucauldian concepts of the ‘gaze’. From what I understand, Lacan’s version implies the necessity of the imaginary as a priority. This is, perhaps, the best way, as I see it, to encounter Foucault’s criticism against psychoanalysis (particularly in The History of Sexuality)… I don’t think the books are out in Canada yet… so keep your eyes out!

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