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The Fragile Absolute

Review and Teaching Essay by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata, January 2001. "Fair Use" encouraged.

This essay is based on The Fragile Absolute: - or why is the christian legacy worth fighting for?
Slavoj Zizek. Verso. 2000. ISBN:1-85984-770-6.

How We Got to the Edge

Capitalism and the never-ending push towards more production, more consumption, and the trash of obsolesence. How this fits into our theory and philosophy. And Zizek's illustration of this through paintings.

Courbet's Origin of the World and how Zizek interprets this as the end of traditional painting. Discussion at pp. 36-39 of the Zizek text.
Link to Courbet from the left-most frame. Then link to Origin of the World in the list of paintings.

Kasimir Malevich's Black Square and how Zizek interprets this aas the beginning of modern painting. Discussion at pp. 36-39 of the Zizek text.
Link to Malevicj from the left-most frame. Then link to Black Square in the list of paintings.

I'll put up the essay on pp. 36-39 of Zizek's text shortly. I just got the book yesterday. jeanne, January 15, 2001.

Wednesday, January 17, 2001:

We tend to be increasingly horrified in each cohort with the increasing acceptance of violence, ugliness, rudeness. It is as though we become ever more extreme. Zizek tackles this issue in The Fragile Absolute. I understand it best with his example of Malevich's Black Square. I've always been a little confounded by those plain squares. I remind myself a little of the protagonist in Less Than Zero, standing there, staring at the silly square hopefully, as though somehow by staring at it I'll be able to channel the transcendental meaning. Never happened. So imagine my glee when Zizek undertook an explanation of "meaning" within that image I could never decode.

The ideal subject and the void. Subjective and objective. Excrement, trash, as the negative, and hence the ugly, the shocking. This brings us to shocking in rap, in Presley, in gang behaviors, all the escalations. Then to Courbet's Origine du Monde. I'll put more of this up soon. jeanne, january 17, 2001. . . .