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Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction Ian Parker

Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction

Ian Parker

Published May 20th 2004
ISBN : 9780745320717
Paperback
171 pages
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 About the Book 

I personally would call this an analysis of Žižek and his work, rather than an explicit introduction to it as such. Primarily because the concepts that are tackled do not get defined and explained at an elementary level for the neophyte. That is to say, if you do not have a basic knowledge of especially Hegel and Marx, you may be reaching for your encyclopedia or searching the internet to supplement and follow the text.Having said that, this is an excellent guide to Žižeks thought- Parker is both critical (as the title suggests) of Žižek but at the same time shows a tender kind of solidarity with him. The book has a clear logic to it: first Žižeks background in Slovenia, then his reading of Hegel, followed by Lacan and then Marx. The final chapter (on the cultural aspect of his work) is the most engaging in my opinion, and finally gives body to some of the criticisms of Žižeks approach that had already been alluded to in previous chapters. This final chapter also speculates as to what Žižek is doing - why the peculiar combination of theories (Hegel-Lacan-Marx) interspersed sporadically in his often erratic text? It is definitely worth the read if only to find out what Parkers take on these questions is.