The Sublime Object of Ideology

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.

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860919711

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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In this provocative and original work, Slavoj _i_ek 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. _i_ek takes issue with analysts of the postmodern condition from Habermas to Sloterdijk, showing that the idea of a ‘post-ideological’ world ignores the fact that ‘even if we do not take things seriously, we are still doing them’. Rejecting postmodernism’s unified world of surfaces, he traces a line of thought from Hegel to Althusser and Lacan, in which the human subject is split, divided by a deep antagonism which determines social reality and through which ideology operates. 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.

The Sublime Object of Ideology

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Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781844673001

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Slavoj Žižek presents a provocative and original examination of the question of human agency in a postmodern world.

The Abyss of Freedom

Zizek argues that the most profound expression of Schelling's thought is found in the series of three consecutive attempts he made to formulate the 'ages of the world/Weltalter'--the stages of the self-development of the Absolute.

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472066520

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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An essay by philosopher Slavoj Zizek, with an English translation of Schelling's beautiful and evocative Ages of the World, second draft

Did Somebody Say Ideology

The book generally focuses on the understanding and applicability of Aiek's theory of ideology, arguably the distinguishing and most original feature in his oeuvre so far.

Author: Fabio Vighi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub


Category: Philosophy

Page: 279

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Did Somebody Say Ideology? explores the philosophical, political, and psychoanalytic foundations of Slavoj Aiek's work, almost two decades after his arrival on the international scene of contemporary philosophy with The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989). The book generally focuses on the understanding and applicability of Aiek's theory of ideology, arguably the distinguishing and most original feature in his oeuvre so far. The first part contains six essays that carry out specific investigations into key aspects of the Slovenian philosopher's work; the second part practices Aiek's own injunction about Lacan (discover Lacanian themes everywhere!) on Aiek himself, employing his theories in different contexts and relating them to other thinkers. Each study in the present volume testifies to the extraordinary vitality of Aiek's writing, demonstrating how his psychoanalytic brand of ideology critique fosters innovative research in a variety of intellectual fields and academic disciplines.

Woke Cinderella

Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy
Tales, 235. 82. Žižek, The Sublime Object of Ideology, 134. 83. Heuscher, A
Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairy Tales: Their Origin, Meaning and Usefulness
, 225.

Author: Suzy Woltmann

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1793625956

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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Glass slippers, a fairy godmother, a ball, a prince, an evil stepfamily, and a poor girl known for sitting amongst the ashes: incarnations of the "Cinderella" fairy tale have resonated throughout the ages. Hidden between the lines of this fairy tale exists a history of fantasy about agency, power, and empowerment. This book examines twenty-first-century “Cinderella” adaptations that envision the classic tale in the twenty-first century through the lens of wokenesss by shifting rhetorical implications and self-reflexively granting different possibilities for protagonists. The contributors argue that the "Cinderella" archetype expands past traditional takes on the passive princess. From Sex and the City to Game of Thrones, from cyborg "Cinderellas" to Inglorious Basterds, contributors explore gender-bending and feminist adaptations, explorations of race and the body, and post-human and post-truth rewritings. The collection posits that contemporary “Cinderella” adaptations create a substantive cultural product that both inform and reflect a contemporary social zeitgeist.

Tarrying with the Negative

DIVA theoretical analysis of social conflict that uses examples from Kant, Hegel, Lacan, popular culture and contemporary politics to critique nationalism./div "This new Zizek is as stunning as its predecessors, and breaks new philosophical ...

Author: Slavoj Zizek

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822313953

Category: Philosophy

Page: 289

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DIVA theoretical analysis of social conflict that uses examples from Kant, Hegel, Lacan, popular culture and contemporary politics to critique nationalism./div

National Identities and Post Americanist Narratives

See Slavoj Žižek , The Sublime Object of Ideology ( London and New York :
Verso , 1989 ) , 194 , for an analysis of the way national ideology interpellates
and encodes the political subject through producing " a sublime object " ( which ,
for him ...

Author: Donald E. Pease

Publisher: New Americanists


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

View: 235

National narratives create imaginary relations within imagined communities called national peoples. But in the American narrative, alongside the nexus of belonging established for the national community, the national narrative has represented other peoples (women, blacks, "foreigners", the homeless) from whom the property of nationness has been removed altogether and upon whose differences from them the national people depended for the construction of their norms. Dismantling this opposition has become the task of post-national (Post-Americanist) narratives, bent on changing the assumptions that found the "national identity." This volume, originally published as a special issue of bounrary 2, focuses on the process of assembling and dismantling the American national narrative(s), sketching its inception and demolition. The contributors examine various cultural, political, and historical sources--colonial literature, mass movements, epidemics of disease, mass spectacle, transnational corporations, super-weapons, popular magazines, literary texts--out of which this narrative was constructed, and propose different understandings of nationality and identity following in its wake. Contributors. Jonathan Arac, Lauren Berlant, Robert J. Corber, Elizabeth Freeman, Kathryn V. Lingberg, Jack Matthews, Alan Nadel, Patrick O'Donnell, Daniel O'Hara, Donald E. Pease, Ross Posnock, John Carlos Rowe, Rob Wilson

The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime

6 Slavoj Žižek , The Sublime Object of Ideology ( London : Verso , 1989 ) , 194 .
Slavoj Žižek , The Plague of Fantasies ( London : Verso , 1997 ) , 66 . For the
question of beauty versus the sublime , see also The Sublime Object of Ideology

Author: Slavoj Žižek



Category: Lost highway (Motion picture)

Page: 48

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Qui Parle

Žižek , The Sublime Object of Ideology ( London : Verso , 1989 ) , 1 - 4 . Dews , “
The Tremor of Reflection , " 238 . Žižek , The Fragile Absolute , 21 . Cited in Bruce
Fink , The Lacanian Subject : Between Language and Jouissance ( Princeton ...




Category: Literature


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Restoring the Golden Age

In Derrida ' s terms , each myth is the supplément of an ideology ; in Žižek ' s , it
constitutes the “ sublime object " of ideology . * In light of this generative role , it is
unsurprising that the founding myths of nineteenth - century ideologies were ...

Author: Dan Edelstein



Category: Enlightenment

Page: 678

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Reframing the Theory of the Sublime

This spiritual elevation of gold offers , Zizek says , “ a precise definition of the
sublime object , ” and “ this postulated ... Zizek can call these entities sublime
objects of ideology in that they emerge from the general ideological discourse
behind ...

Author: Cliff McMahon



Category: Art

Page: 175

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The discourse of the sublime, in this study, becomes positioned in new perspectives when an amalgamation is made between major classical theorists and contemporary theorists, leading to something like an anatomy of the sublime presented here as a theory of modes. This amalgamation blends the sublimicist concepts of Longinus, Burke, Kant, Nietzsche, Herbert Weiskel, Paul Crowther, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Frances Ferguson, Slavoj Zizek, Terry Eagleton, Harold Bloom, David Nye, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Sartre, and Jung. The treatment of Sartre and Jung shows that they generated major changes in the thought climate which established new modes of sublime experience recognized in modern art. This study seeks to elucidate not only the standard core concepts of the theorists, but also to bring to new prominence certain neglected religious. Offering important innovative enlargements of the basic terminology for the discourse field, this study opens new doors to the analysis of sublime experiences and sublime objects, and thus new doors to the analysis of art works and artists' programs, as well as new extensions of aesthetic theory.


17 Slavoj Žižek : The Sublime Object of Ideology . ... 14 In this text Žižek used the
Althusserian model of ideological state apparatus and interpellation that became
an important starting reference for each reading of similar artistic phenomena ...

Author: Peter Pakesch

Publisher: Walther Konig Verlag


Category: Architecture

Page: 253

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Edited by Peter Pakesch. Text by Christian Kravagna, Helmut Konrad, Suzana Milevska.

Symptoms of Canada

The sublime object of ideology that quilts the symbolic order is an ordinary object
, an everyday thing that is elevated to the status of ... In the symbolic order of
Canada , a leaf and a rodent are such sublime objects of collective identification .

Author: Kieran Keohane


ISBN: 9780802076427

Category: History

Page: 198

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In This Provocative Essay On The Canadian Identity, Kieran Keohane Gives Us his outsider's take on Canada's most debated issue. Keohane argues that conflicting objectives have caused the impasse in our search for collective identity. These objectives are marked by Official Multiculturalism, a proliferation of interest groups, and resurgent xenophobia. Integrating social and political theory with witty examples, he explores how a strong Canadian identity might be constructed.Keohane steers us away from the pitfalls of universalism or postmodern fragmentation into particularisms. The Canadian identity, he observes, lies in our unique commitment to remaining open to difference. Canadians maintain this commitment with a certain jouissance: for us, difference is both painful and pleasurable, conflicting and conciliatory. 'Symptoms' of our relationship to difference appear in everyday phenomena -- in our recreation, patterns of interaction, ordinary language, poetry, politics, sexuality, and sense of humour. Keohane draws on two currents of discourse: the discourse on identity derived from Hegelian dialectics and Lacanian psychoanalysis, and the discourse on politics as hegemonic articulation, after Laclau and Mouffe.Symptoms of Canada breaks the stalemate in our search for the Canadian identity. A refreshing read for Canadians who are tired of the polemics surrounding this issue, it offers valuable insight to all countries where the question of identity is a national concern.

Postmodernity s Transcending

... and film criticism . Wieczorek notes that there is nothing intrinsically sublime in
a sublime object - according to Lacan ... Wieczorek is quoting Žižek , S. , The
Sublime Object of Ideology , 1989 , p . 194 . to pursue , is the inversion of Kant's ...

Author: Laurence Paul Hemming

Publisher: Faith in Reason


Category: Philosophy

Page: 269

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"This book in one way undertakes a history of the concept of the aesthetic sublime: in another it is an exploration of the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy and truth, the author issues a provocative challenge to much contemporary Christian theology to return to a more serious engagement with philosophy. Hemming explores the confrontation with God and the gods to be found in Protagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida, often offering innovative readings of these thinkers sharply at odds with accounts to be found elsewhere."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain

Compare Slavoj Zizek , The sublime object of ideology , ( London - New York ,
Verso , 1989 ) , p 6 . See Slavoj Zizek , Enjoy your symptom ( London - New York
, Routledge , 1992 ) , p 86 . As to the explanation of why it is equally a return to
the ...






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Arbeit am Ged chtnis

Because of this potential , the Ghost can be called – using Slavoj Žižek's term –
the sublime object of ideology . This spectral body appears to be made of a
sublime , indestructible material over which time has no power : it is a » real ...

Author: Michael C. Frank



Category: Culture

Page: 427

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Religion After Postmodernism

Slavoj Žižek , The Sublime Object of Ideology ( New York : Verso , 1989 ) . The
concept of “ re - marking " here comes from two sources . The first is Derrida , and
the second is Slavoj Žižek by way of Rodolphe Gasché's The Tain of the Mirror ...

Author: Victor E. Taylor



Category: Religion

Page: 217

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In this critical examination of the role of the imagination in the modern and postmodern periods, Victor E. Taylor looks at the 'fable' as a narrative form that addresses the ultimate questions of how to live and why. He assesses various literary theories and styles in the wake of postmodernism to reveal the ways in which fable-style narrative can be a meaningful genre for addressing traditional and post-traditional religious, ethical, and epistemological concerns. In the process, Taylor draws on key figures across the humanities--from Mircea Eliade and Claude Lévi-Strauss, Paul Ricoeur and Slavoj Zizek, to Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka. Placing an emphasis on rethinking the importance of critical theory in religious studies, the author argues that a new, more demanding formulation of the concept of possibility allows for a realignment of the philosophical, mythological, and literary imaginations. By returning to the history of philosophy, myth studies, and modern literature, Taylor makes a renewed case for the significance of a distinctive formulation of religious theory as a desire for thinking. Religion after Postmodernism calls for a reconsideration of "theory as thinking" for the future of philosophy, religious studies, and literature.

The Eighteenth Century

Brantlinger cites Anthony Giddens , The Consequences of Modernity ( Stanford ,
1990 ) , 24 . 22 . Slavoj Zizek , The Sublime Object of Ideology ( London : Verso ,
1989 ) , 49 . 23 . Brantlinger , 5 – 6 . 24 . Slavoj Zizek , The Sublime Object of ...




Category: Civilization, Modern


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Ideological Clowns in the Fiction of Dag Solstad

Even if we do not take things seriously , even if we keep an ironical distance , we
are still doing them , " Slavoj Zizek claims in his book The Sublime Object of
Ideology . 13 In other words , Dag Solstad 10 See , for example , Roar Vea's ...

Author: Monika Žagar




Page: 440

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Subject Lessons

Responding to the ongoing “objectal turn” in contemporary humanities and social sciences, the essays in Subject Lessons present a sustained case for the continued importance— indeed, the indispensability—of the category of the ...

Author: Russell Sbriglia

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810141396

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Responding to the ongoing “objectal turn” in contemporary humanities and social sciences, the essays in Subject Lessons present a sustained case for the continued importance— indeed, the indispensability—of the category of the subject for the future of materialist thought. Approaching matters through the frame of Hegel and Lacan, the contributors to this volume, including the editors, as well as Andrew Cole, Mladen Dolar, Nathan Gorelick, Adrian Johnston, Todd McGowan, Borna Radnik, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Kathryn Van Wert, and Alenka Zupancic—many of whom stand at the forefront of contemporary Hegel and Lacan scholarship—agree with neovitalist thinkers that material reality is ontologically incomplete, in a state of perpetual becoming, yet they maintain that this is the case not in spite of but, rather, because of the subject. Incorporating elements of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary and cultural studies, Subject Lessons contests the movement to dismiss the subject, arguing that there can be no truly robust materialism without accounting for the little piece of the Real that is the subject.