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differences (2012) 23 (2): 42–70.
Published: 01 September 2012
... or material influence. The split appears in Freud’s analogy of “savage” sociality and the European psyche in Totem and Taboo as a hesitation about whether law and custom are external to the “savage” psyche or constituent parts of it. Freud’s chief ethnological sources for Totem and Taboo —Lorimer Fison...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 119–125.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Peter Rehberg Beyond parody, gay men’s identification with heteromasculinity, in its dead seriousness, appears to Bersani as being almost mad. In spatial terms, madness marks a proximity to—and not a distance between—powerfully normative images of gender. In his reading of the dynamics of madness...
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differences (2010) 21 (1): 149–160.
Published: 01 May 2010
... difference s first appeared in order to reanimate the intellectual energies that characterized its founding and to recall the insights that Naomi Schor, Elizabeth Weed, and Ellen Rooney brought to bear on the question of difference. Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... never really binaries. Nature and culture, body and mind, and subject and object are not opposing terms that need to be brought together but always already related terms whose relatedness must be—and, throughout the issue of difference s in which it appears, will be—unveiled. vicki kirby...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 21–67.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Frazier’s influential study The Negro Family in the United States in 1939 to the recent appearance of Tera Hunter’s monumental monograph Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century . Critiquing the masculinist bend of much of this scholarship, “Blacks of the Marrying Kind...
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differences (2018) 29 (3): 107–136.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Constantine V. Nakassis; Amanda Weidman Anxieties around the appearance and audition of the female body and voice in Tamil cinema reveal a semiotic ideology of the image that does not fit neatly within the idea of cinema as representation. Instead, this ideology takes filmic images to be acts...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Robyn Wiegman The introduction sketches the political contexts and theoretical legacies that underwrite the conversations in this special issue. If read in the order in which they appear, the essays move across three general thematics. The first thematic concerns feminist responses to the sexual...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 74–95.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Heather Love The appearance of deviance as a fact of social life—a permanent and unavoidable feature of social life and an object of study for the social scientist—distinguishes postwar deviance studies from the antimethod, anti-institutional, and antinormative field of queer studies. While...
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differences (2015) 26 (2): 121–131.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., which is often different from how they intend to appear. © 2015 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2015 thinking Hannah Arendt vita activa love cinematic portrait Who is Hannah Arendt? This is the question for which the film Hannah Arendt...
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differences (2016) 27 (2): 125–152.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., “hospitality” appears as a way to question universalizing feminist proposals and their capacity to disrupt domestic and national orders. These “promises” are first addressed in a general way before being more precisely considered through the lens of the French “republican” model of politics and science...
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differences (2016) 27 (2): 153–177.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Elizabeth Weed The essay asks what current thinking about gender has to do with the rather widespread claims that critique is finally dead. In posing that question, it asks what gender and a putatively exhausted critique have to do with the logic of capital as it appears to us in these times...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 59–89.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Stefan Mattessich This essay builds on previous criticism highlighting the semiotic dimensions of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping to identify in its metaphors of spirit and spiritual haunting a performative logic of social implication. This logic appears within a metaphysics of subjectivity...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 136–164.
Published: 01 September 2012
... to institute a more complex historiography, Althusser invents a version of what came to be known simply as “theory.” ( Théorie was the name of Althusser’s series at Maspero, in which Reading Capital and many of his subsequent works appeared.) Thus, while this essay, on the one hand, discloses the limits...
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differences (2011) 22 (2-3): 168–189.
Published: 01 December 2011
... as these motifs have come to be agitated in various discourses of popular culture. Specifically, the author traces the manifestation of the figure of the Whisperer as it appears first in both the novel and the film The Horse Whisperer and subsequently in both The Ghost Whisperer and The Dog Whisperer, where...
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differences (2011) 22 (2-3): 211–234.
Published: 01 December 2011
... as silence.” I trace the appearance of this linking of silence to the metaphysical language of presence in the work of Cage, Foucault, and Derrida. My argument is that, while the regime of silence is linked to a dialectic of being and nothingness, plenitude and finitude, the fullness of meaning or the ground...
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differences (2013) 24 (2): 172–181.
Published: 01 September 2013
... “The Progress of Humanity and Women’s Women’s Liberation” (人类进步与妇女解放) published in Marxist Studies (马克思主义研究) in 1983, which Li claims was the first theoretical article on women to appear in a mainstream authoritative journal in mainland China. Li agrees with Barlow’s characterization of one of her two...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Timothy Bewes Taking issue with recent interventions on critical reading that appear caught between demolishing and reestablishing topographical modes of literary analysis, this article reexamines the approach of “symptomatic reading” as developed in Louis Althusser's reading of Karl Marx...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
... lecture symptomale sharply critiques the metaphor of depth and cautiously deploys a metaphor of terrain. This article proposes that from an Althusserian perspective, the metaphors of surface and depth as they appear in “Surface Reading” are twin brothers, two sides of a coin. Whether in the form...
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differences (2009) 20 (2-3): 54–72.
Published: 01 December 2009
... seek that which is useful to them individually they are most useful to each other, might appear, as A. O. Hirschman argued, to render him both a follower of the Stoics and a predecessor of Mandeville and Smith. This essay takes the opposite view, arguing that Spinoza is above all the theoretician...
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differences (2015) 26 (3): 142–164.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of existentialist thought into play, particularly as they are fleshed out in Simone de Beauvoir’s treatment of oppression and its counterpart, freedom. Reading Dogville through Beauvoir’s eyes, it appears that oppression, being ambiguous, cannot be defeated by means that are not themselves oppressive. In denying...