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differences (2014) 25 (2): 130–137.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Donna V. Jones This brief review essay focuses on the central question posed in Ewa Plonowska Ziarek’s Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism : if feminism is considered in social and biographical terms while aesthetics focuses on questions of form and abstraction, does a feminist...
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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 (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 (1995) 7 (3): 80–108.
Published: 01 November 1995
...: Masculine Identity and the ‘Exchange of Women.’ ” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 4 . 1 ( 1992 ): 40 – 75 . Haug W. F. Critique of Commodity Aesthetics: Appearance, Sexuality and Advertising in Capitalist Society . Minneapolis : U of Minnesota P , 1986 . Huyssen...
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differences (2015) 26 (2): 29–60.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Monique Roelofs Kant’s famous Enlightenment article is a crucial but overlooked source for his aesthetics. This essay unlocks its aesthetic significance by scrutinizing the mode of address in which Kant grounds his enlightenment project. Enlightenment, for Kant, revolves around the address we...
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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 (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 (1996) 8 (3): 128–147.
Published: 01 November 1996
...Mary Caputi 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, whose writings on painting, literature, music, and other art forms bring the aesthetic...
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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 (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 (2010) 21 (2): 73–108.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Jacques Khalip This article concentrates on the substance of audition in Derek Jarman's Blue . In his last feature film, Jarman makes a decisive ethical and aesthetic break: he shifts value away from the overdetermined cultural premiums associated with the visual ``spectacle'' and onto...
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differences (2012) 23 (1): 32–61.
Published: 01 May 2012
... appropriation of the octopus following the novel’s publication. The French word for octopus came to denote a sexually assertive and economically ambitious woman who traded upon her erotic charms. The emergence of this social type derived its aesthetic power from channeling contemporary anxieties tied to gender...
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differences (2012) 23 (1): 62–100.
Published: 01 May 2012
...,” then this essay identifies a new social logic that has become visible but not yet critically apprehended in the era of unchallenged globalization. The author proposes a way to read that logic as ciphered in contemporary cultural media as an emotional aesthetics of social protagonism and politics. dierdra...
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differences (2013) 24 (1): 137–168.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Corey McEleney This essay critiques the rhetorical and ideological strategies by which aesthetic pleasure has been devalued in both Renaissance and contemporary humanism. Through a close reading of Shakespeare's Richard II , the essay shows how the abjection of vain (both narcissistic and futile...
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differences (2011) 22 (2-3): 140–167.
Published: 01 December 2011
... a middle course between the Lacanian “object voice” of Mladen Dolar and the intense focus on human singularity of Adriana Cavarero. Through discussions of the libidinal economy circulating within certain mythological tropes (Sirens, Swan Maidens, Narcissus/Echo, etc.) as well as an aesthetic genealogy...
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differences (2011) 22 (2-3): 190–210.
Published: 01 December 2011
... rhythm to conceptualize alternatives to the reified visual world, but his work reveals the tension between metaphorical treatments of rhythm and its sonic materiality. Turning to music as an aesthetic form defined by this relationship, the author draws on the work of Jacques Attali, Rose Rosengard...