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Author Žižek, Slavoj.
Title The plague of fantasies / Slavoj Žižek.
Publication Info. London ; New York : Verso, 2008.
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 Purdy-Kresge Library  BF 175.5 .F36 Z5812 2008    CHECKED IN
Description xxiv, 248 p. ; 20 cm.
Series Žižek, Slavoj. Works. Selections. 2008.
Note Reissued with a new preface by the author - Main text originally published: 1997.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction ---- 1. The Seven Veils of Fantasy --- 2. Love Thy Neighbour? No, Thanks! --- 3. Fetishism and Its Vicissitudes --- 4. Cyberspace, Or, The Unbearable Closure of Being ---- App. I. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: The Sexual Act in Cinema --- App. II. Robert Schumann: The Romantic Anti-Humanist --- App. III. The Unconscious Law: Towards an Ethics Beyond the Good.
Summary Modern audiovisual media have spawned a 'plague of fantasies', electronically inspired phantasms that cloud the ability to reason and prevent a true understanding of a world increasingly dominated by abstractions--whether those of digital technology or the speculative market. Into this arena, enters Zizek: equipped with an agile wit and the skills of a prodigious scholar, he confidently ranges among a dazzling array of cultural references--explicating Robert Schumann as deftly as he does John Carpenter--to demonstrate how the modern condition blinds us to the ideological basis of our lives. -- Back cover.
Subject Fantasy.
Popular culture.
Ideology.
Virtual reality.
Cyberspace.
ISBN 9781844673032 (pbk.)
1844673030 (pbk.)
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