'Actual Idiocy' and the Sublime Object of Susan Boyle

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Abstract

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
Chapter12
Pages178-195
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137403193
ISBN (Print)9781137410900, 9781349489138, 9781349489121
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePerformance Philosophy
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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