Zizek’s The Monstrosity of Christ


Although Shahar’s repeated reaction to this book and to the very idea of the book has been, and I suspect will be for a long time, if not fovever, a prolonged yawn followed but a dismissinve sigh (yes, only Shahar can actually sigh dismissively), I am still somewhat intrigued by it, probably due to hearing Zizek say a few things about Christianity at Syracuse this past weekend. Plus, it’s a good distraction from all the seriousness of undying Realism Wars™, so I might give it a chance, at least I will probably read Zizek’s essays and I am very likely to skip John Milbank – anyone else intended on reading it?

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17 thoughts on “Zizek’s The Monstrosity of Christ

  1. I have it as well, I just received my copy this weekend. I plan on reading it soon, but I’m not sure exactly when. I would love to be in discussion with some experienced people as I am relatively new to this sort of talk.

  2. Actually, just read Creston Davis’s introduction and almost died from annoyance – he judges everything to be “nicely highlighted” and “nicely summarized” – apparently, Davis also thinks that Hegel is still a very important philosopher for which he cites his upcoming book with Zizek and someone named Clayton Crokett – I kid you not, too lazy to go get the citation but it’s something like: I think Hegel is still important [reference, see my upcoming book] – really? who would have thought?

    Read 2/3 of Zizek’s opening essay, it is okay but much of it is a kind of cut and paste from other stuff I’ve already read, it is sort of interesting vis-a-vis all that stuff “God is dead and we’re in deep shit, but it’s okay” argument…

    I don’t think I am going to be posting anything on it, or even finish the book – Shahar’s prophetic yawn is justified then.

  3. When are you going to start listening to me? And when did you start caring about things Christ-related?

    I didn’t know Hegel was still important, it’s not like any current philosophers that have documentaries about them or deliver lectures all over the world and such are writing about him, right? If only someone were talking about Hegel.

    And by the way, isn’t Radical Orthodoxy kind of like that movie, Gigli?

  4. I haven’t seen Gigli or Radical Orthodoxy – what is it about?

    Hegel is kind of a minor figure from 19th century, you know? I am not really sure how this obscure thinker fits with today’s issues, I suppose I will have to wait until Zizek/Davis/Crockett explain it to me in the upcoming year…

  5. Never heard of this Hegel guy myself – quick question though: why is Zizek writing a book with two relatively unknown (I’m assuming someone has to know them, right? but my Google Search comes up blank) fellows? Are they all sitting around a table brain-storming? Somehow I seriously doubt that that is the case.

    Mikhail is clearly defeated here in his stubborn rebellion against the prophetic yawns.

  6. Who the hell is Clayton Crokett?

    I think Creston was joking, because there is no way that Slavoj Zizek would write a book with two nobodies.

    • Clayton, I don’t think I called anyone a “nobody” to begin with, and I don’t think he was joking – but hey my comment hardly constitutes any sort of serious “analysis” of the book – actually, I have to say it was probably a bad day when I decided to read the book, everything was annoying me. Seriously though, what is the mysterious book on Hegel you are going to write with Zizek (or is it already written?)…

  7. Thanks Mikhail–when I read this I thought it was funny, so my response was tongue-in-cheek.

    I haven’t read The Monstrosity of Christ yet, so unsure how Creston references it, but it’s a book of essays on Hegel and religion/politics that we are co-editing for Columbia University Press. Slavoj is a co-editor, and he also has a chapter in it.

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