"He's not that hard. Really, he's not that difficult at all. He is also not very credible."
- This is what worries me. I'd really like to use one of his readings of Lacan to support a central argument of my thesis... but I'm worried he's too shaky of a reference to hold up such an important part of my argument.
Issues of likability aside, I'm interested in hearing more on why he's not credible.
Is it his forays into filmmaking?
Or the way he tries to make his examples contemporary hot issues?
Or his Marxism?
Or is it that, simply put, American academics don't cotton to psychoanalytic theory (or Marxism) anymore?
[I've had a reviewer of my own work ask me to take out references to Freud because "it might be a better idea not to go in that direction."
I believe your average argument between Lacanians and Freudians (or perhaps object relations / Kleinian folks?) eventually turns into a bloodbath. Or so I've heard. In any case, all stripes of psychoanalysis are not the same.
Your question is *very* field dependent and perhaps a generational issue as well. I'm in lit and my general impression is that Zizek's written work is regarded quite highly by a lot of people, but certainly not
everyone. I rather enjoy his more clownish side, as it suggests that he doesn't take himself too seriously. I'm not in the thick of these debates, so others will likely have different views.
Outside of literary studies, the "credibility" of various intellectual traditions may vary even more. I know a lot of historians who find "theory" tiresome and nonsensical. But I imagine your average Latin Americanist probably finds Marxist theory and traditions of thinking quite valuable.
Also, I didn't know about The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
(posted upthread), although I watched bits of it over the break. And I think many of the YouTube clips I was finding were actually lifted from that film. It is freakin' hilarious -- and wonderfully insightful. But clearly not for everyone. You can access it here:http://www.movie2k.to/The-Pervert-s-Guide-to-Cinema-watch-movie-621236.html