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'The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in some decades.' Terry Eagleton

'One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.' TLS

Appropriately, then, Interrogating the Real stands as a sort of greatest hits album. The book is an assemblage of fifteen pieces, dating mainly from the 1980's and 1990's. Of varying length and form, the pieces range from transcriptions of interviews and lectures to reprinted journal articles or book chapters. Although most of the essays have already appeared elsewhere, some of them had not yet been translated into English or were only available in journals that are not readily accessible to most readers. It is thus useful tot have the pieces collected into one easy to access volume."
Cristina Laurita, February 2007 , Janus Head, Summer/Fall Open issue 2006, 9.1.


"A critically important acquisition for academic library philosophy collections and student reading lists, this first volume of Professor Zizek's work is divided into three principle sections: 'Lacanian Orientations'; 'Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis'; and 'The Fantasy of Ideology'. Enhanced with a glossary, an index, and an 'Author's Afterword: Why Hegel is a Lacanian', "Interrogating the Real" showcases impeccable scholarship and clearly documents Professor Zizek as an original and insightful philosopher in his own right." - The Midwest Book Review

"A...wiser approach for the uninitiated would be to go straight to Interrogating the Real. Advertised as the first volume in Zizek's collected works, this book is really a volume of selected essays. What distinguishes it from many of Zizek's other books that could also be described in that way, is that Butler and Stephens' superb collection of well chosen and carefully arranged pieces of writing provides an excellent introduction to Zizek's unwieldy oeuvre...a close reading of Interrogating the Real will show that a sustained engagement with Europe's anti-habermas while he is in his prime, can only enrich philosophy." —Roderick Nicholls, Philosophy in Review

Reviewed in Common Knowledge, Volume 14, Issue 1.


Interrogating the Real, the first volume of his collected writings. Slavoj Zizek proves that as a scholar he is as absurdly prolific as he is incorrigibly entertaining. Lauded by Terry Eagleton on the back cover of the book as “the most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in some decades,” Zizek is known for his fast and loose style and his penchant for fiddling with philosophy, psychoanalysis and cultural studies all in one fell swoop. Whether you love him or hate him, it is indisputable that Zizek has made quite a name for himself and has assumed the status of an academic rock star.
Appropriately, then, Interrogating the Real stands as a sort of greatest hits album. The book is an assemblage of fifteen pieces, dating mainly from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Of varying length and form, the pieces range from transcriptions of interviews and lectures to reprinted journal articles or book chapters. Although most of the essays have already appeared elsewhere, some of them had not yet been translated into English or were only available in journals that are not readily accessible to most readers. It is thus useful tot have the pieces collected into one easy to access volume.”
Cristina Laurita, February 2007 , Janus Head, Summer/Fall Open issue 2006, 9.1.


"A critically important acquisition for academic library philosophy collections and student reading lists, this first volume of Professor Zizek’s work is divided into three principle sections: 'Lacanian Orientations’; 'Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis’; and 'The Fantasy of Ideology’. Enhanced with a glossary, an index, and an 'Author’s Afterword: Why Hegel is a Lacanian’, “Interrogating the Real” showcases impeccable scholarship and clearly documents Professor Zizek as an original and insightful philosopher in his own right.” - The Midwest Book Review

“A…wiser approach for the uninitiated would be to go straight to Interrogating the Real. Advertised as the first volume in Zizek’s collected works, this book is really a volume of selected essays. What distinguishes it from many of Zizek’s other books that could also be described in that way, is that Butler and Stephens’ superb collection of well chosen and carefully arranged pieces of writing provides an excellent introduction to Zizek’s unwieldy oeuvre…a close reading of Interrogating the Real will show that a sustained engagement with Europe’s anti-habermas while he is in his prime, can only enrich philosophy.” –Roderick Nicholls, Philosophy in Review

About the Author

Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's leading contemporary cultural critics and a hugely prolific author. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA. Rex Butler is Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Queensland, Australia. His previous publications include Jean Baudrillard: The Defence of the Real (Sage, 1999).
Scott Stephens is Researcher at the Centre for Theology and Politics, Brisbane, Australia.
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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826489737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826489739
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By William H. Payne on January 11, 2006
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I still have a few essays left in this little gem, but I would already highly recommend it because I have never had a better experience understanding Zizek.

First off, if you simply wish to gain a straight forward understanding of some of the possible theoretically usages of Lacan, Hegel, Kant, Foucault, Heidegger and a host of other heavy hitters then Zizek is your man. He loves a tangent, but he uses anecodotes, jokes and examples from popular culture to demonstrate difficult concepts in a clear way. (In my opion, that's what real genius is.)

Secondly, the essays are very witty, sometimes even hilarious. Whether Zizek is explaining that the Lacanian analyst is like Hannibal Lecter trying to eat Clarisse Starling's 'Dasein' or describing the perverse self-denials in Casablanca, he is always pretty snarky.

Lastly, I think Zizek, despite his penchant for silliness, does have a serious project. I think he wants people to use logic to transcend academic and psuedo-academic fads and to understand that human beings are miraculous and miraculously cracked. Zizek is miraculously cracked, that's for sure.
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The first collection in a series of essays by Slavoj Zizek, who is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovena and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York and one of the leading contemporary cultural critics of the 20th century. A critically important acquisition for academic library Philosophy collections and student reading lists, this first volume of Professor Zizek's work is divided into three principle sections: 'Lacanian Orientations'; 'Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis'; and 'The Fantasy of Ideology'. Enhanced with a glossary, an index, and an 'Author's Afterword: Why Hegel is a Lacanian', "Interrogating The Real" showcases impeccable scholarship and clearly documents Professor Zizek as an original and insightful philosopher in his own right.
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This text is a GREAT dictionary on the Zizekian reading of Lacan, Hegel, and Freud. In general, the interpretation of difference and the theoretical understanding of racism, ethnocentrism, anti-semitism, etc. is necessary reading for any student of post-strucutralist thought as it applies to the social world.
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