'Actual Idiocy' and the Sublime Object of Susan Boyle

David Calvert

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This chapter is provoked and inspired by Žižek in equal measure. The provocation comes from a fleeting reference to ‘actual idiots’, a term used in the background of Žižek’s analysis of the protagonists in the film Idioterne.1 The consideration of this term prompts a reflection on what might constitute ‘actual idiocy’ as a topic for analysis in its own right.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationŽižek and Performance
EditorsBroderick Chow, Alex Mangold
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137403193
ISBN (Print)9781137410900, 9781349489138, 9781349489121
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

NamePerformance Philosophy
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2947-5589
ISSN (Electronic)2057-7176


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