"a brilliant book.... If Zizek is out of touch with contemporary philosophy, I am the bishop of Ulan Bator.... Pedagogic clarity and a gift for entertainment are two of the many excellences." - Radical Philosophy "Slavoj Zizek, the Giant of Ljubljana,... provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus" - Voice Literary Supplement
From the Back Cover
In this provocative and original work, Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. From the sinking of the Titanic
to Hitchcock's Rear Window
, from the operas of Wagner to science fiction, from Alien
to the Jewish Joke, the author's acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society.
Linking key psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts to social phenomena such as totalitarianism and racism, the book explores the political significance of these fantasies of control. In so doing, The Sublime Object of Ideology represents a powerful contribution to a psychoanalytical theory of ideology, as well as offering persuasive interpretations of a number of contemporary cultural formations.
'a brilliant book ... If Zizek is out of touch with contemporary philosophy, I am the Bishop of Ulan Bator ... Pedagogic clarity and a gift for entertainment are two of the many excellences.' Radical Philosophy
'Slavoj Zizek, the Giant of Ljubljana, ... provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus.' Voice Literary Supplement