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differences (1 September 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 (1 September 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 of...
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differences (1 September 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 (1 September 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 (1 September 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 (1 December 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, the...
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differences (1 May 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 of...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 109–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
... 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 (1 December 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 (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 62–100.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Mikko Tuhkanen “Homomonadology” outlines the emergence and elaboration of Leo Bersani’s onto-ethics/aesthetics over the past half a century, focusing particularly on his interest in the shared references to Leibnizian metaphysics in twentieth-century philosophical and literary texts. The essay...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 216–230.
Published: 01 May 2014
... consideration of sociotechnical problems, the argument is made that these resources might be productively placed in dialogue with existing digital methods and techniques through a reflection on media aesthetics. The article concludes by illustrating the relevance of this general framework with reference to a...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2010
... project and history,” this essay engages the various ways that feminism has thought the temporal, arriving at a notion of the démodé . The démodé , in its multivalent capacity as an aesthetic function of women's time, is explored in the photographs of Moyra Davey, whose work, this article argues...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 137–148.
Published: 01 May 2010
... aesthetic specificities help young scholars move toward original, publishable insights by extending or contradicting, supplementing or supplanting the abstract generalizations posed by the theorists they study. Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2010 susan...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 161–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Jacques Khalip A response to Lee Edelman's essay “I'm Not There: The Absence of Theory,” this article explores the conceptual life of difference in queer theory and extends Edelman's formulations in the direction of post–de Manian aesthetics and theories of (un)becoming and identity shattering...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 169–177.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Out in Paris and London , the author asks whether there is a paucity of theory about poverty in contemporary discourses of identity and why that might be so. Orwell and Vollmann each offer a moralist anti-aesthetic and suspicion of rhetorical complexity commonly found in literary representations of...
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differences (1 May 2018) 29 (1): 134–172.
Published: 01 May 2018
...-dimensional enfoldings. The essay develops the concept of molecular poetics in order to formulate how a materialist approach to poetics, configured within the recent theoretical turn toward the nonhuman in the humanities, can remain sensitive to the complex aesthetic dimensions of the irresolvably nondualist...
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differences (1 December 2018) 29 (3): 86–106.
Published: 01 December 2018
... impersonal affect as it is figured in aesthetic and social forms. © 2018 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2018 The Old Curiosity Shop Master Humphrey’s Clock sentimentality mourning melancholia print media nonrelationality “I rather grieve—I...
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differences (1 September 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 the...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 27–61.
Published: 01 September 2016
... new concepts that enable the heterogeneous actualization of feminism’s unharvested virtuality and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek’s rereading of suffragette thought as an aesthetic modernism articulating a radical right to revolt and to imagine an undefined feminist futurity, Pollock examines texts by Hannah...
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differences (1 May 2016) 27 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Elissa Marder This essay explores how Baudelaire’s insistence on perverse forms of nonreproductive sexuality (what is here called “bad sex”) exposes critical aspects of his poetics and his relation to the question of aesthetics. It takes up two of Baudelaire’s most famous poems (“To the Reader” and...