Sarah Kay’s book provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to Žižek’s work. His writings to date are presented and evaluated here for the first time, together with an outline of their development and explanations of his key premises, themes and terms. This book will be essential reading for students of cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy and social and political theory.
Chapter 1: Introduction: thinking, writing and reading about the real.
Chapter 2: Dialectic and the real: Lacan, Hegel, and the alchemy of après-coup.
Chapter 3: ‘Reality’ and the real: culture as anamorphosis:.
Chapter 4: The real of sexual difference: imagining, thinking, being.
Chapter 5: Ethics and the real: the ungodly virtues of psychoanalysis.
Chapter 6: Politics, or, the art of the impossible.
Glossary of Žižekian terms.