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==Source==
 
Žižek, S. (1997) The Plague of Fantasies, London and New York: Verso.
 
Žižek, S. (1997) The Plague of Fantasies, London and New York: Verso.
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=Review by [http://www.lacan.com/zizekchro2.htm Tony Myers]=
 
This is an extended explanation of the psychoanalytical concept of
 
This is an extended explanation of the psychoanalytical concept of
 
fantasy. The 'plague' of the title refers to the deluge of pseudo-concrete
 
fantasy. The 'plague' of the title refers to the deluge of pseudo-concrete
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which, he avows, threatens to abolish the dimension of Symbolic virtu-
 
which, he avows, threatens to abolish the dimension of Symbolic virtu-
 
ality. Given that fantasy plays such a key role in Žižek's anatomy of
 
ality. Given that fantasy plays such a key role in Žižek's anatomy of
the human condition, the first chapter here       - which is a seven-point
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the human condition, the first chapter here - which is a seven-point
clarification of the concept   - is a particularly valuable addition to the
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clarification of the concept - is a particularly valuable addition to the
 
Žižekian corpus, making this one of the books most suited to a first-
 
Žižekian corpus, making this one of the books most suited to a first-
 
time Žižek reader. As an added enticement, this work also contains
 
time Žižek reader. As an added enticement, this work also contains
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designs.
 
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Revision as of 08:54, 17 May 2006

Source

Žižek, S. (1997) The Plague of Fantasies, London and New York: Verso.

Review by Tony Myers

This is an extended explanation of the psychoanalytical concept of fantasy. The 'plague' of the title refers to the deluge of pseudo-concrete images which Žižek places in an antagonistic relationship to the ever greater abstractions which determine our lives. As part of this discus- sion, Žižek advances one of his most considered analyses of cyberspace which, he avows, threatens to abolish the dimension of Symbolic virtu- ality. Given that fantasy plays such a key role in Žižek's anatomy of the human condition, the first chapter here - which is a seven-point clarification of the concept - is a particularly valuable addition to the Žižekian corpus, making this one of the books most suited to a first- time Žižek reader. As an added enticement, this work also contains Žižek's famous Hegelian analysis of German, French and English toilet designs.