Zizek and His Contemporaries: On the Emergence of the Slovenian Lacan

Author(s): Helena Motoh

Philosophy & Religion | Philosophy

In recent years, the popularity of the inimitable Slavoj Zizek has perhaps cast a shadow over the collective influence exerted by Slovenian intellectuals on modern day philosophy. Yet despite his image as an isolated genius, this timely book relocates Zizek as a thinker whose ideas are born of a specifically Slovenian context. Although only coming to international notice in the early 1990s, the Slovenian school needs to be understood as the culmination of a series of intellectual, artistic and political movements inextricably connected to the quest for the succession of Slovenia from Yugoslavia. These developments in thought must also be seen in the light of one of the giants of Continental philosophy: Jacques Lacan. Featuring brand new interviews with three of its forerunners - Zizek, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic - this fascinating account details each philosopher's individual concerns, whilst shedding light on the complex genealogy and continuing development of the Slovenian Neo-Lacanian school. Rarely are we afforded such an opportunity to study the birth of a philosophy from a seminal moment in modern history.


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New interviews with Slavoj Zizek and his contemporaries, accompanied by critical analysis of the wider Slovenian philosophical and cultural context that spawned their thought.

This is a wonderfully informative book, a kind of "Once upon a Time, Ljubljana," in which elevated philosophical debates and emerging political and cultural realities keep crossing over into each other's frames. It tells the story -- not anecdotally, but analytically, with a wealth of theoretical sophistication -- of how, from the tiny country of Slovenia, Slavoj Zizek and his closest colleagues, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic, encouraged and inspired by a phalanx of talented artists and intellectuals, launched a distinctive school of thought (both Lacanian and Marxist) with universal appeal. The real accomplishment of the "back story" is that it sets this thought into relief; that is, it tarnishes neither its distinction nor its universality. -- Joan Copjec, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, USA This book is a long-awaited contextual account of the "Zizek-phenomenon", discussing its origins in the Slovenian School and beyond. Academically impeccable and eminently readable, with a bonus of three thoroughly enjoyable interviews. -- Fabio Vighi, School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Cardiff University, UK 20140311

Jones Irwin is Lecturer in Philosophy and Human Development in the Education Department at St Patrick 's College, Dublin City University, Ireland. Helena Motoh is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Primorska, Slovenia.

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. What Was Going On In Ljubljana? 2. The Lacan Effect 3. From Punk to Cogito to Voice: On Mladen Dolar 4. 'Learn, Learn and Learn': On Zizek 5. 'From Haso to Mujo': On Zupancic Epilogue: 'We Don't Know What Will Become Of This Psychoanalysis' Endnotes Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441105134
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helena Motoh
  • : Paperback
  • : 232