Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Slavoj Zizek's Titles (Commonplace Book)

Hegelian-Lacanian theorist Slavoj Zizek is a genius with titles, especially in a field where people come up with such awful ones, that start with a vague phrase, then have a colon, then try to do some weird pun using slashes, bits of words in parenthesis, and intentional misspellings.

Actually, if anyone has any great examples of horrible academic titles, put them in the comments of this post.

Here are Zizek’s better ones:

Interrogating the Real
The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle
The Metastases of Enjoyment
The Universal Exception
Enjoy Your Symptom!
Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?
The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime
Opera’s Second Death
The Plague of Fantasies

And my favorite:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)

I wish I had called my first book Everything You Wanted to Know about Superhero Comics (But Were Afraid to Ask Harold Bloom).

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