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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Madhavi Menon This essay argues that the politics of partition encourages an ever specialized particularism that also undergirds identity politics. In such a world of particulars, we become what our identities proclaim us to be. While accepting that differences exist, universalism interrupts the...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 150–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
... tradition of the philosophy of nature and interpreting Butler as offering, in spite of her focus on the genealogy of claims about sex, also a theory of sex itself, a theory of sex as an effect entirely of gender. This approach to reading differs from Irigaray's own reading method of expanding and...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 33–61.
Published: 01 September 2014
... the fear associated with one’s own or another’s death), but it also offers a persuasive account of the developmental movement in McCarthy’s novel. To what extent does The Road ’s horrific mise-en-scène comprise a labor of mourning and a working toward relation? This essay also pays particular...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 59–91.
Published: 01 December 2014
... typesetting is also an interpretation: the piece is written in three columns to evoke some of the questions surrounding the practice of medical interpretation as well as the interpretation of literature and lived experience. By framing the clinical encounter in such a way, I hope to show the connections...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 43–53.
Published: 01 November 2015
... the figure of machinery in Althusser’s work: stage machinery but also the machinery and apparatuses by which the world of subjection is simultaneously staged and disrupted. This theater is also a theater of war and as such is an authorless theater, a production in the double sense of the term of...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 116–141.
Published: 01 November 2015
... author examines the ways the film transforms the genre and conjures up an alternative socialist space, which also provides room for more fluid gender formations that radically redefine such notions as women and femininity . This essay also uncovers in the film an affective space contiguous with both the...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 178–197.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Éric Fassin In transatlantic sex wars, gender is supposedly alien to French culture, as if it were essentially American. This nationalist cliché can be turned upside down if one takes language seriously. Gender is not only, but it is also, a grammatical term, especially in French. It is omnipresent...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 28–58.
Published: 01 December 2008
... with others, and that is essential to one's life. The paper also argues that this belonging is corporeal, lived, and that it engenders and transforms sociopolitical meaning. On the basis of this model of community, the harm of racism and sexism lies not in the effects of categorization and...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 102–116.
Published: 01 May 2009
... and Klein's 1940s writing on mourning and the fear of death. Between them, Freud and Klein produce a compelling narrative about what it means to live in fear not only of death, which is where Freud begins his critique of the normalizing pathologies of war at the beginning of the century, but also of...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 139–149.
Published: 01 December 2008
... work that occurs in one author's reconfiguration of another but also the varied methodologies that may be appropriate to the interpretation of Luce Irigaray's work in particular. © 2008 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2008 penelope deutscher is...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 117–156.
Published: 01 May 2009
... relatively stable ego, then how can psychoanalysis productively contribute to the analysis of the democratic political sphere? This article treats this question through an analysis not only of Sigmund Freud's incursions into what he called “a wider social stage” but also of his daughter's particular...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 157–180.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Renata Salecl Postindustrial society thrives on the idea of choice. The individual is not only perceived as able to choose among various consumer objects; he or she is also taken as someone who can choose his or her identity, sexual orientation, body shape, and so on. In the ideology of...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 181–198.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Ranjana Khanna This article discusses disposability in light of what psychoanalysis can offer to an analysis of that term, understood as a contemporary characteristic of the human and its liminal condition. The essay questions why a program of social change is demanded of psychoanalysis but also...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 1–23.
Published: 01 September 2010
...'' (that word which, Jacques Derrida says, humans have given themselves the right to give to others) has become a test or limit case: the linguistic turn, the post- or counter-linguistic turn, and the ethical turn. It is also a report that builds on the words of Kafka's ape, Red Peter, who, in his ``Report...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 46–72.
Published: 01 September 2010
... difference into gender identity, the paper considers what it would look like to conceptualize transgender subjectivity as an expression of the logic of sexual difference, ultimately suggesting there may be a way of reading transgenderism as a ``feminine'' phenomenon. The paper responds to two texts also...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 20–41.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Iain Morland In debates about the medical management of intersex, also known as “disorders of sex development,” it is often assumed that morally good treatment can make patients, families, and doctors feel comfortable and, conversely, that morally bad treatment generates feelings of discomfort...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 169–191.
Published: 01 May 2013
... objectified through the sensation of cold. Ultimately, the essay contributes to feminist cultural theory by calling on the field to revise its understandings of embodiment, subjectivity, and identity: we are dependent not simply on human others but also on a more-than-human world, a world captured in the...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 22–50.
Published: 01 September 2013
... women’s rights movement following the end of the Second World War turned away from society toward the family, seeking equal rights in family life. Historically, three forms also have changed the categorizing of women—as natural, domestic, and societal. Socializing the category of women, that is, the...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 51–92.
Published: 01 September 2013
... extricate. Reading Badiou’s philosophy creatively, the essay makes the case that women or woman is an emergent, historical, modern, and universal truth; direct critique of Badiou also drives home the point that philosophy (or “theory”) is vulnerable to history and that historically, factually, actually, and...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 211–234.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of nonmeaning from which meaning is drawn, by contrast, near inaudibility is linked to a separate set of conceptual and aesthetic terms: formal gradations of pressure, tension, intensity, and force. Finally, each regime also contains within itself a theory of violence. For silence, the centrality of...