"A truly delightful collection of essays, bursting with fresh and genuinely interesting ideas. From the first to the last essay Žižek proves to be an unfailing source of inspiration. Rather than taking literature as the object of study, the essays—following Žižek in this approach—take it as the object with the help of which they think about various important topics and concepts. The result is a most powerful and compelling read." — Alenka Zupancic, author of Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan
"This superb collection of essays is testimony not only to the fact that Slavoj Žižek is the most profoundly original critical theorist of our time, but also to the enormously productive influence he has had on a new generation of literary critics. Beyond the sterile opposition between the so-called 'new historicism' and old 'high theory,' Žižek’s thinking opens up new possibilities of theoretically informed reading, not only for the letter, but more importantly, we might say, for its Joycean 'litter,' the real." — Kenneth Reinhard, coauthor of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology
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