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Zizek and Politics

A Critical Introduction

Matthew Sharpe, Geoff M. Boucher

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In Zizek and Politics, Geoff Boucher and Matthew Sharpe go beyond standard introductions to spell out a new approach to reading Zizek, one that can be highly critical as well as deeply appreciative. They show that Zizek has a raft of fundamental positions that enable his theoretical positions to be put to work on practical problems. Explaining these positions with clear examples, they outline why Zizek's confrontation with thinkers such as Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze has so radically changed how we think about society. They then go on to track Zizek's own intellectual development during the last twenty years, as he has grappled with theoretical problems and the political climate of the War on Terror. This book is a major addition to the literature on Zizek and a crucial critical introduction to his thought.

Contents

References to Žižek's Books and Articles
Introduction
Part I: 1. Žižek and the Radical Democratic Critique of Ideology
2. Retrieving the Subject - Žižek's Theoretical Politics
3. Did Žižek Say Democracy?
Inter-chapter: Žižek's Vanishing Mediation
Part II: 4. Postmodernity and the Society of Generalised Perversion
5. Zizek's vanguard politics
6. Slavoj Žižek and the Politics of Universal Truth
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Matthew Sharpe lectures in philosophy and psychoanalytic studies at Deakin University. He has published Slavoj Zizek: A Little Piece of the Real and is co-editor of Traversing the Fantasy: Critical Essays on Slavok Žižek (Ashgate 2005). He has also co-written on Australian politics in The Times Will Suit Them-Postmodern Conservatism in Australia (Allen & Unwin 2008) and is the author of articles on Zizek, Strauss, Marcuse, Derrida, Castoriadis, Camus, Lacan, Kant, Foucault and Schmitt.

Geoff Boucher lectures in literary studies and psychoanalytic studies at Deakin University. He has published articles on Žižek in Telos and is co-editor of Traversing the Fantasy: Critical Essays on Slavok Žižek (Ashgate 2005). He has also written The Charmed Circle of Ideology (Re-Press 2008) on the post-Marxism of Butler, Žižek, Laclau and Mouffe, and co-written on Australian politics in The Times Will Suit Them-Postmodern Conservatism in Australia (Allen & Unwin 2008).