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differences (2014) 25 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2014
... technology and education by invoking Lauren Berlant’s term cruel optimism and challenges assertions that technical savvy yields more jobs for undergraduates and that moocs reduce the cost of higher education. Chun insists that if the humanities are at risk, it is because they have capitulated...
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differences (2006) 17 (3): 20–36.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Lauren Berlant Brown University and differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2006 lauren berlant teaches English at the University of Chicago. Her most recent books are The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Duke University Press...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 242–261.
Published: 01 December 2022
... . Ashtor Gila . “ Psychology as Ideology-Lite: Butler, and the Trouble with Gender Theory .” Homo Psyche: On Queer Theory and Erotophobia . New York : Fordham UP , 2021 . 141 – 70 . Berlant Lauren . Cruel Optimism . Durham : Duke UP , 2011 . Berlant Lauren Edelman Lee...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 44–50.
Published: 01 May 2023
... as a set of fragile, experimental modes of relation in which the self is neither an enemy nor a heroic site of resistance. Krcohen@reed.edu © 2023 by Brown University and differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2023 data homoerotic Lauren Berlant Leo Bersani relation self...
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differences (2006) 17 (3): np.
Published: 01 December 2006
... gonzález 3 The Politics of Translation in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo lauren berlant 20 Cruel Optimism rachel bowlby...
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differences (2016) 27 (3): 132–144.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the presuppositions of interlocutors including Lauren Berlant, Lee Edelman, and Janet Halley can lead to alternative theoretical outcomes. All the queer theorists discussed in Lips would critique the conditions in play when some are, as Puar puts it, “folded into life” (10). These conditions might include cruel...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 20–41.
Published: 01 September 2012
... referred between bodies by mirror neurons and philosophically as an injury to the flesh of the world of which we are all composed. I thank Lauren Berlant, Matthew Ratcliffe, Margaret Simmonds, and Alessandra Tanesini for helpful conversations and information; and the editors and anonymous readers...
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differences (2001) 12 (2): 98–120.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Du Mal: A Bilingual Edition . Trans. Norman R. Shapiro. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1998 . Benjamin, Walter. “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire.” Illuminations . Trans. Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken, 1969 . 155 –94. Berlant, Lauren. “Intimacy: A Special Issue.” Critical Inquiry 24.2 ( 1998 ): 281...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 119–125.
Published: 01 May 2023
... to a transformation of masculinity. Fisting introduces a new “masculinity” beyond masculinity as an original creation of gay sex. For Stephan. 1 “Parody is a big turn-off and all gay men know this,” writes Bersani in another famous passage from “Is the Rectum a Grave?” (14). 2 Lauren Berlant has...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 55–62.
Published: 01 May 2019
... around bathroom segregation remains the innocent girl child, in whose “name as future citizen,” Lauren Berlant reminds us, “state and federal governments have long policed morality around sex and other transgressive representation” (58–59). Although many men are quick to invoke their daughters as making...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 63–81.
Published: 01 May 2019
... optimism: your continued belief in the world’s being enough for the desires that tether you to it, all evidence to the contrary. I owe this understanding of optimism to Lauren Berlant. “All attachment,” she writes in Cruel Optimism , “is optimistic, if we describe optimism as the force that moves you out...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 283–293.
Published: 01 May 2023
..., and the more you try to depose him, the more you find yourself caught in his Oedipal stranglehold. This was, after all, Freud’s argument in Totem and Taboo . No doubt, in this life, there is no exit from the hell—or what Lauren Berlant has more recently rephrased, less dramatically, as the “inconvenience...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2015
...? Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner’s widely influential 1998 essay “Sex in Public” is perhaps the fullest early engagement with this question, and it points instructively to the difficulties that queer theory faces in negotiating norms and normativity. Berlant and Warner advocate for “the radical...
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differences (2002) 13 (3): 121–142.
Published: 01 December 2002
... of American Literature . Vol. 2 . Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995 . 605 –778. Berlant, Lauren. The Anatomy of National Fantasy:Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life . Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1991 . Budick, Emily Miller. Nineteenth-Century American Romance: Genre...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 34–54.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and prophesies of sex panic are no longer baseless. Many thanks to Lauren Berlant, Andrea Long Chu, Shelley Fischel, Ellen Rooney, Matthew Shafer, Igor Souza, and Robyn Wiegman. This paper benefited from the insights of Inderpal Grewal and the students in our fall 2017 lecture course, “Sex, Knowledge...
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differences (1999) 11 (3): 29–56.
Published: 01 December 1999
.... To take one of the most striking recent examples: in a tour de force essay entitled “Poor Eliza,” Lauren Berlant draws on a dense network of dramatic, textual, and critical rewritings of Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin to map what...
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differences (2020) 31 (2): 115–151.
Published: 01 September 2020
... (or as effectively) govern themselves (Schotten xiv). Indeed, as Edward Said has famously argued about the colonial desire for authority, “European culture gained in strength and identity by setting itself off against the Orient as a sort of surrogate” (3). And in a similar motioning outward, Lauren Berlant has...
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differences (2023) 34 (2): 1–26.
Published: 01 September 2023
... with symptoms, through what Slavoj Žižek has called, in a different context, enjoying your symptom. For Žižek, “enjoy your symptom” is a kind of riposte to Jameson’s “history is what hurts” and involves something of what Lauren Berlant has called “cruel optimism.” As Žižek explains, the fetish “embod[ies...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 74–95.
Published: 01 May 2015
... allegiances of queer theory are evident in attacks on what was understood as the methodological normativity of the social sciences. Warner, along with Lauren Berlant, discussed the field’s resistance to method in their 1995 plma essay, “What Does Queer Theory Teach Us about X?” Berlant and Warner suggest...
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differences (2014) 25 (1): 189–215.
Published: 01 May 2014
... Jonathan Flanagan Mary . “ Designing Games to Foster Empathy .” Cognitive Technology 14.2 ( 2010 ): 5 – 15 . Berlant Lauren . Intimacy . Chicago : U of Chicago P , 2000 . ———. “ Thinking about Feeling Historical .” Emotion, Space, and Society 1 ( 2008 ): 4 – 9...