Zizek and the Rhetorical Unconscious

Global Politics, Philosophy, and Subjectivity

Authors: Samuels, Robert

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  • Intelligently critiques Slavoj Zizek's work 
  • Outlines a theory of psychoanalytic rhetoric
  • Comments on current politics through the lens of psychoanalysis
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This book builds on a critique of Slavoj Zizek’s work to outline a new theory of psychoanalytic rhetoric. It turns to Zizek because not only is he one of the most popular intellectuals in the world, but, this book argues, his discourse is shaped by a set of unconscious rhetorical processes that also determine much of contemporary politics, culture, and subjectivity. Just as Aristotle argued that the three main forms of persuasion are logos (reason), pathos (emotion), and ethos (authority), Samuels describes each one of these aspects of communication as related to a fundamental psychoanalytic concept. He also turns to Aristotle’s work on theater to introduce a fourth form of rhetoric, catharsis, which is the purging of feelings of fear and pity. 
Adding a strong voice to current psychoanalytic debate, this book will be of value to all scholars and students interested in both the history and modern developments of psychoanalytic theory. 

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Robert Samuels has doctorates in Psychoanalysis and English. He teaches advanced writing and rhetoric at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He is the author of fifteen books, including Freud for the Twenty-First Century.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Zizek and the Rhetorical Unconscious
Book Subtitle
Global Politics, Philosophy, and Subjectivity
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50910-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50910-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50909-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 99
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