Does the Internet Have an Unconscious?: Slavoj Zizek and Digital Culture

Does the Internet Have an Unconscious?: Slavoj Zizek and Digital Culture


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Does the Internet Have an Unconscious? is both an introduction to the work of Slavoj Žižek and an investigation into how his work can be used to think about the digital present.

Clint Burbanham uniquely combines the German idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist materialism found in Žižek's thought to understand how the Internet, social and new media, and digital cultural forms work in our lives and how their failure to work structures our pathologies and fantasies. He suggests that our failure to properly understand the digital is due to our lack of recognition of its political, aesthetic, and psycho-sexual elements.

Mixing autobiographical passages with critical analysis, Burbanham situates a Žižekian theory of digital culture in the lived human body.

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ISBN-13: 9781501360145
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/28/2019
Series: Psychoanalytic Horizons
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Clint Burbanham is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is the author of Fredric Jameson and The Wolf of Wall Street (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Does the Internet Have an Unconscious?
2. Slavoj Žižek as Internet Philosopher
3. Was Facebook an Event?
4. Is the Internet a Thing?
5. The Subject Supposed to LOL
6. Her: Or, There Is No Digital Relation (with Matthew Flisfeder)
7. The Selfie and the Cloud

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