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Repeating Žižek ed. by Agon Hamza (review)

Repeating Žižek ed. by Agon Hamza (review) 594 Book Notes Beckett, the theory rarely overtakes her main goal of elucidating the common spectator’s experience of Beckett. At its best, Chiang reveals how Beckett’s work suggests and revises conceptual frameworks for aesthetics and percep- tion. Chiang’s research, with its depth and coverage of Beckett’s oeuvre, would appeal to Beckett scholars, but her extensive theoretical discussions would also appeal to those interested in reader reception and theory more generally. Angela Frattarola, Nanyang Technological University Agon Hamza, ed. Repeating Žižek. Durham: Duke UP, 2015. 304 pp. Critical analyses of Žižek are diffi cult. On the one hand, Žižek is one of the most important thinkers of our time, frequently brilliant and always provocative. On the other hand, Žižek is at times intellectually lazy, includ- ing careless errors in his work (referring to Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars tril- ogy, for example). Perhaps, the most diffi cult aspect of Žižek is the fact that he is always updating and improvising, always applying the ideas of others to new cultural contexts. In many ways, that is the very strength of Žižek’s work, but it is at times inconsistent, internally contradictory. Deciphering the intratextual nature of the work is in itself a mammoth http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke uni_neb

Repeating Žižek ed. by Agon Hamza (review)

symploke , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 24, 2020

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594 Book Notes Beckett, the theory rarely overtakes her main goal of elucidating the common spectator’s experience of Beckett. At its best, Chiang reveals how Beckett’s work suggests and revises conceptual frameworks for aesthetics and percep- tion. Chiang’s research, with its depth and coverage of Beckett’s oeuvre, would appeal to Beckett scholars, but her extensive theoretical discussions would also appeal to those interested in reader reception and theory more generally. Angela Frattarola, Nanyang Technological University Agon Hamza, ed. Repeating Žižek. Durham: Duke UP, 2015. 304 pp. Critical analyses of Žižek are diffi cult. On the one hand, Žižek is one of the most important thinkers of our time, frequently brilliant and always provocative. On the other hand, Žižek is at times intellectually lazy, includ- ing careless errors in his work (referring to Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars tril- ogy, for example). Perhaps, the most diffi cult aspect of Žižek is the fact that he is always updating and improvising, always applying the ideas of others to new cultural contexts. In many ways, that is the very strength of Žižek’s work, but it is at times inconsistent, internally contradictory. Deciphering the intratextual nature of the work is in itself a mammoth

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