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Žižek Studies

The Greatest Hits (So Far)

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Edited By David J. Gunkel and Paul A. Taylor

Žižek Studies: The Greatest Hits (So Far) assembles and presents the best work published in the field of Žižek Studies over the last ten years, providing teachers, students, and researchers with a carefully curated volume of leading-edge scholarship addressing the unique and sometimes eclectic work of Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek. The chapters included in this collection have been rigorously tested in and culled from the (virtual) pages of the International Journal of Žižek Studies, a leading open access journal that began publication in 2007, and are organized into three sections or subject areas where Žižek and his seemingly indefatigable efforts have had significant impact: philosophy, politics, and popular culture. As a "greatest hits," the book offers the long-time fan and uninitiated newcomer alike a comprehensive overview of the wide-range of opportunity in the field of Žižek studies and a remarkable collection of truly interdisciplinary "hits" from a diverse set of innovative and accomplished writers.

List of Figures – Acknowledgements – Editors’ Introduction – David J. Gunkel: Žižek and the Real Hegel – Matthew Sharpe: Žižek’s Kant, or The Crack in the Universal (Politicizing the Transcendental Turn) – Paul A. Taylor: Žižek’s Brand of Philosophical Excess and the Treason of the Intellectuals: Wagers of Sin, Ugly Ducklings, and Mythical Swans – Robert Sinnerbrink: The Hegelian "Night of the World": Žižek on Subjectivity, Negativity, and Universality – Ola Sigurdson: Hermeneutic of Hope: Problematizing Žižek’s Apocalypticism – Olivier Jutel: Barack Obama, the New Spirit of Capitalism and the Populist Resistance – Peter Bloom: Capitalism’s Cynical Leviathan: Cynicism, Totalitarianism, and Hobbes in Modern Capitalist Regulation – Japhy Wilson: The Joy of Inequality: The Libidinal Economy of Compassionate Consumerism – Levi R. Bryant: Žižek’s New Universe of Discourse: Politics and the Discourse of the Capitalist – Todd McGowan: Enjoying the Cinema – Graham Wolfe: Losing What We Never Had: Žižek and Lacan Rock On with Bryan Adams – Abigail Fagan: Interpellating Django: The Functions of the Gaze in Tarantino’s Django Unchained – Vlad Dima: You Only Die Thrice: Zombies Revisited in The Walking Dead – Luke Howie: They Were Created by Man … and They Have a Plan: Subjective and Objective Violence in Battlestar Galactica and the War on Terror – Notes on Contributors – Index.