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differences (2003) 14 (3): 89–111.
Published: 01 December 2003
... The Close-Up: Scale and Detail in the Cinema O ne of the earliest attempts to produce film theory, that of the French I mpressionists in the 1920s, generated a concept— photogé- nie—wh ich...
Published: 01 December 2021
Figure 6 French gégène (left) and close-up of a kitchen grinder from Sous Tension (right) Source: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/gégène More
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differences (2019) 30 (2): 30–71.
Published: 01 September 2019
...-ness”—a temporal dynamic by which queer subjects are generated through their anticipation of other people’s readings of them. This concept captures both the specificity of an anticipatory butch mode and the temporal belatedness that inaugurates subjectivity itself. Elaborated through close readings...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 157–188.
Published: 01 May 2019
.... This essay takes a close look at the report describing that investigation’s finding. Drawing from Miranda Fricker’s work on epistemic injustice, this essay considers the sexual politics of knowing and unknowing within the context of a Title IX investigation set against the backdrop of a university’s attempt...
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differences (2020) 31 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Nell Wasserstrom Through a close reading of Freud’s last major work, Moses and Monotheism (1939), this article considers the socio-political and literary stakes of a central element of Freud’s oeuvre, which reaches its fullest elaboration in the Moses text: belatedness. Belatedness, or deferred...
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differences (2021) 32 (1): 74–96.
Published: 01 May 2021
... and Mikhail Bakhtin’s approaches to literature beyond language. Turning this legacy on its head, this essay focuses, rather, on language in literature. In a short-circuiting way, Roman Jakobson’s linguistics and poetics and Erich Auerbach’s nonnational-based philology can be seen as surprisingly close to one...
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differences (2010) 21 (2): 142–172.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Amy Tang There is perhaps no single formal practice more closely associated with contemporary culture than the repetition of images, styles, and forms from the past, and nowhere have these practices been more contentiously debated than in the cultural production of racial subjects. This essay...
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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): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of which it cannot find the origin. This situation is taken as a sound laboratory, where the nature of the sound and the subjective attitudes it implies are closely scrutinized. From this vantage point, the article pursues an analysis of sound and proposes to place sound at the pivotal point of twelve...
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differences (2013) 24 (2): 8–21.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Lingzhen Wang The essay introduces Li Xiaojiang and her early works from the 1980s and 1990s in three steps. First, it closely situates Li and her works in both the general historical context of China’s transformation from the socialist to the postsocialist era and the most relevant intellectual...
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differences (2014) 25 (1): 156–176.
Published: 01 May 2014
... such a development seemed welcome and even likely. Instead, ten years later, an entirely different transformation has taken place via the development of the digital humanities (DH), in which the close study of literature and the languages in which it is embedded have themselves been demoted in favor of “distant...
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differences (2011) 22 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 May 2011
... these: the “subject effect” and the “shame effect.” What links these different effects, the author argues, is that in every case the effect is closely tied to a process of naming or stepping forth— what is here called “instantiation.” A theoretical account of instantiation is therefore necessary if we...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of being “normalized” and called “immoral,” these particles resist normative notions of physical contact; they are perverse. On the human scale, electrons trouble the notion of touch by making it impossible to close the distance between atoms: the sense of touch paradoxically relies on electric repulsion...
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differences (2018) 29 (3): 33–57.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Robert Hughes This essay illuminates the recent philosophy of Luce Irigaray by following how she develops her key trope of home . Thus, it elaborates her critique of a certain closed “homely” formation of man’s subjectivity and advances her thesis that woman might function as the salutary advent...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 34–52.
Published: 01 December 2010
... between Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, in which the concept of “rescuing” plays a crucial role, along with a close reading of key passages from works including The Arcades Project and Negative Dialectics , provides significant insights into the centrality and difficulty of this question, both...
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differences (2014) 25 (3): 14–58.
Published: 01 December 2014
... that have yet to be explored in Hegel scholarship. By attending closely to his explicit discussion of the oracle in the Phenomenology of Spirit , one of the most underexamined passages of the text, this article shows that Hegel’s book is. foremost, a prophecy of language that would speak against...
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differences (2015) 26 (3): 54–80.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Adi Ophir In “Althusser’s Dramaturgy and the Critique of Ideology,” Étienne Balibar reconstructs Althusser’s quest for “a critical concept of ideology” and offers one of his own. Both moves are based on close attention to the relation between theater and politics. Power is always theatrical because...
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differences (2016) 27 (1): 176–188.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Gertrud Koch The music video poses several questions in which the ordering of the senses becomes central: What does it mean to show a singing body, a close-up of a singer and her body parts (her open mouth, her hands, her lips, etc.)? Does the music video emphasize sight over hearing by becoming...
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differences (2008) 19 (1): 32–70.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Elizabeth Freeman Through a close analysis of Isaac Julien's short film The Attendant, this essay argues that sadomasochistic sex practice ought to be understood in temporal terms, as a play of pause against surprise, suspension against shock. In The Attendant, Freeman contends, Julien rethinks S/M...
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differences (2016) 27 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of prelapsarian experience. Hogarth’s version of wantonness is pragmatic, characterized by the duration and quality of the beholder’s attention and divested of moral overtones. Because the wanton chase transcends sex, it orients Hogarth’s aesthetics toward women as agents of discernment. Close readings of each...