Re-used text in Zizek's How to Read Lacan
May 3, 2010 3:44 PM   Subscribe

Which of his own books did Slavoj Zizek "cannibalize" when writing How to Read Lacan?

In a footnote, Zizek says, "Since this book is an introduction to Lacan, focused on some of his basic concepts, and since this topic is the focus of my work in the last decades, I couldn't avoid a degree of 'cannibalization' of my already-published books." I've read a bit of The Plague of Fantasies and found some passages that he re-uses word-for-word in How to Read Lacan. Which of his other books did he borrow from in order to write this particular book?

I'm asking because I enjoyed How to Read Lacan and would like to see its component parts in their original context. I am not looking for a discussion about whether Zizek is a bad person for doing this.
posted by twirlip to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe Looking awry, the other introduction to Lacan. Or Enjoy Your Symptom. He recycles himself quite a bit, in books, essays and lectures, it's not unique to How to read Lacan. I think you'll find there is no original context, so much as another stream-of-consciousness line of reasoning.
posted by AlsoMike at 4:50 PM on May 3, 2010

I would bet he probably uses some of Sublime Object of Desire in HtRL. I haven't read the latter yet, but the former is good.
posted by Saxon Kane at 5:47 PM on May 3, 2010

Maybe parts of Violence: Six Sideways Reflections.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 10:04 AM on May 7, 2010

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