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differences (2020) 31 (2): 58–85.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Matthew Gannon This essay argues not only that Wilhelm Worringer’s concept of the urge to abstraction from his work of art history Abstraction and Empathy (1908) prefigures Sigmund Freud’s notion of the death drive in Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) but also that Worringer’s aesthetics...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 220–241.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Fernanda Negrete This essay reads Jacques Lacan’s 1967 “Proposition on the Analyst of the School” from the perspectives of the metapsychology that upholds the Pass at the École freudienne du Québec and of aesthetic acts in Andy Goldsworthy’s ephemeral works. Specifically, it examines the aesthetic...
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differences (1996) 8 (3): 128–147.
Published: 01 November 1996
... . “ The De-Aestheticization of Art: On Adorno's Aesthetische Theorie. ” Telos 41 ( 1979 ): 105 – 27 . Identity and Nonidentity in Aesthetic Theory MARY CAPUTI L this essay, I address two distinct approaches to the topic of aesthetics. First, I consider the aesthetic sensibilities of Julia Kristeva...
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differences (2014) 25 (2): 130–137.
Published: 01 September 2014
... circle of aestheticism as “raced” and “gendered.” In the identity-neutral space of experimentation, Ziarek sees the processes by which the aesthetic contribution of women and women of color are stripped of their aesthetic function...
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differences (1991) 3 (3): 69–93.
Published: 01 November 1991
...Eric O. Clarke Fetal Attraction: Hegel's An-aesthetics of Gender ERIC O. CLARKE Mer the meal had ended and the guest departed, Goethe asked his daughter: "Now how did you like that man?" "Strange," she replied, "I cannot tell whether he is brilliant or mad. He seems to me to be an unclear thinker...
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differences (2014) 25 (2): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Ewa Plonowska Ziarek This essay develops further the main implications of a feminist theory of aesthetics and modernism first articulated in Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism . By engaging critically with Theodor Adorno and Giorgio Agamben in the context of feminist theories...
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differences (2014) 25 (2): 116–129.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Robin James Building on Ewa Ziarek’s account of “potentiality” and “incandescence” as feminist counter-modernisms, this essay argues that these aesthetic and political strategies have been co-opted by neoliberalism and domesticated into resilience discourse. This argument is made, in part, through...
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differences (2015) 26 (2): 29–60.
Published: 01 September 2015
... the mouthly in and beyond Kant as a site of aesthetic agency and experience, this essay reveals how he aestheticizes enlightenment. Kant’s use of address underwrites an expanded array of demands and commitments cocooned within his view of enlightenment and vastly broadens the resonance of his call...
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differences (2005) 16 (2): 88–115.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., Levinas, Fanon,and literary modernism. She is coeditor of Revolt, Affect, Collectivity:The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis and Intermedialities:Philosophy, Art, Politics (both forthcoming). Currently she is working on a book devoted to feminist aesthetics. Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic...
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differences (2020) 31 (1): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Kenneth Berger This essay reassesses the concept of spectacle and argues for aesthetic refusal as a key strategy for contesting spectacle’s expanding hold on everyday existence. Against the view that spectacle renders the individual passive, the essay asserts instead that spectacle develops...
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differences (1995) 7 (3): 80–108.
Published: 01 November 1995
... in order to argue that the dynamic of commodity aesthetics provides the best interpretive model for appreciating the multiple valences of the aestheticized prostitute in modernist art. I am thus positioning my reading of the significance of the prostitute within modernism against interpretations that read...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 14–19.
Published: 01 May 2023
... limitlessness of our aestheticism which constitutes the moral perspective on sadism in Salò . —“Merde Alors” 31 jdr42@cam.ac.uk © 2023 by Brown University and differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2023 aesthetic Leo Bersani passivity Pier Paolo Pasolini Ulysse Dutoit...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 101–126.
Published: 01 December 2013
... different types of aesthetic production and consumption that cannot obtain; and it overlooks the crucial contribution of individual labor to the accumulation and exchange of cultural capital. If we turn our attention from nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe to early modern (Ming and Qing) China...
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differences (2016) 27 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Abigail Zitin Critics have identified William Hogarth’s correlation of beauty with desire as the most original idea that his 1753 treatise contributes to aesthetic discourse in the eighteenth century, an idea emblematized in the formulation that visual intricacy “leads the eye a wanton kind...
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differences (2010) 21 (1): 109–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the queer aesthetic of Isaac Julien. Understanding Julien's use of citation and technology allows for an aesthetic elaboration of difference that highlights the persistence of modernism in postcolonial installations. It reinvests the idea of hope in modernism through a postcolonial lens that both laments...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 73–96.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Eugenie Brinkema What is the relationship between a cinematic grid of color and the most visceral of the negative affects, disgust? The history of “good taste”—from the philosophical subdiscipline of aesthetics to French haute cuisine—banishes and simultaneously cultivates all things that taste bad...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Jacques Khalip; John Paul Ricco The editors’ introduction to this special issue of difference s titled Syntax of Thought: Reading Leo Bersani describes the issue’s focus on the speculative importance of aesthetics in Leo Bersani’s scholarship, especially his attention to a “syntax of thought...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 209–216.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Ryan Dohoney In their ruminations on Mark Rothko’s Chapel paintings, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit posit a mode of aesthetic consciousness produced by acts of renunciation. Rothko deliberately relinquishes his paintings’ visibility and thus, like Beckett and Resnais, impoverishes a primary feature...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 283–293.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Damon Ross Young Leo Bersani’s writings on aesthetics, often coauthored with Ulysse Dutoit, repeatedly deploy the trope of withdrawal, finding in the aesthetic works they discuss, such as Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt , a paradoxical double movement of bringing into view while projecting...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 25–52.
Published: 01 December 2021
... in three passes: history (the discourse around Michel Foucault’s treatment of the Charles Jouy case), aesthetics (the conflation of state and domestic violence in the installations of Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum), and activism (the convergence of abolitionist and antirape movements in the 1970s writings...
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