Four discourses

Lai, Yen-Ying (2014). Four discourses. In Rex Butler (Ed.), The Žižek Dictionary (pp. 97-102) Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing.

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Author Lai, Yen-Ying
Title of chapter Four discourses
Title of book The Žižek Dictionary
Place of Publication Durham, UK
Publisher Acumen Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781844655814
Editor Rex Butler
Chapter number 22
Start page 97
End page 102
Total pages 6
Total chapters 62
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The four discourses are four social links (lien socials) that Lacan discusses mainly in his Seminar XVIL Seminar XX and Radiophonie... The term "discourse" here denotes a more specific meaning than the usage of critical theory. The four discourses "can clearly subsist without words" (SXVII: 13); they are inscribed in reality, imposing a structural framework on texts, statements or speech acts. For Žižek, the four discourses primarily illustrate ideological power relations, and the university discourse is the one he revisits the most often, as its diagram helps explain the underlying structure of several different hegemonic discourses such as Stalinism, capitalism, biopolitics and cynicism. "Lacan's scheme of the four discourses" in Žižek's theorization also "articulates the four subjective positions", on account of the fact that the agent "in each of the four discourse involves a specific mode of subjectivity" ("Four Discourses": 75, 81). Žižek furthermore expands the four discourses/subjects into a four-fold grid that is applied to texts and contexts that range from fictional characters to pornography...
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Additional Notes Hardcover ISBN is misallocated/misprinted as 9781844655814 (should be 9781844655816).

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