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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 178–193.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Elizabeth Cowie This contribution to the twentieth anniversary issue of difference s asks: What would not be theory? And what theory now? How does the contingent and conjunctural moment interact with or determine our theory and the understanding we seek from our theories? If theories are a form of...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 40–86.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Charles Shepherdson This article explores the relation between the work of Lacan and Derrida, focusing on the use of modal logic in both writers (the categories of necessity, impossibility, contingency, and possibility). The author explores the structure of the aporia in Derrida as a peculiar...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
... contingency of “surprise.” The author argues that the surface method of “critical description,” which seeks to “indicate what a text says about itself” and to describe what it makes “evident, perceptible, apprehensible,” fails when Marcus and Best describe Althusser's text but overlook the fact that his...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 54–73.
Published: 01 December 2011
... fidelity that would come to define the word, we can better understand the contingencies of reproducing technologies and the human identities—including our sense of sound—that are shaped in collaboration with them. Thanks are due to William Uricchio and Stefan Helmreich for their guidance and to Rey...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 8–21.
Published: 01 September 2013
... discourses and cultural movements of the 1980s. Second, it articulates the historical specificity and contingent meanings of Li’s major concept of sexual and gender differences. And lastly, it explores the theoretical and political innovation and limitation of Li’s postsocialist feminist discourse...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 81–106.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of subjectivity, a theory of “bad subjects,” that attempts to address the aporias of interpellation by making room for disobedience and resistance. The essay develops the idea of a layered subjectivity based on the overdetermined effect of contingently sequenced subjectivations and...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 103–124.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Tuija Pulkkinen This essay concerns the contingent and pluralized history of feminist institutions in academia, arguing against two commonly misconstrued oppositions: first, that between the feminist movement and feminist academic institutions; and second, that between the feminist focus on gender...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 160–174.
Published: 01 December 2013
... capitalist market is allergic to the very existence of spirit because it cannot “economize” it. Therefore, to the extent that this kind of intellectual labor persists, the sciences of the spirit provide loci of resistance to the reign of capitalist markets and sites in which the contingency and limitedness...
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differences (1 May 2003) 14 (1): 74–87.
Published: 01 May 2003
... Humanism: An International Symposium . New York: Doubleday, 1965 . Laclau, Ernesto. “Constructing Universality.” Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left . Ed. Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau, and SlavojŽižek. London: Verso, 2000 . Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Humanism...
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differences (1 May 2007) 18 (1): 87–127.
Published: 01 May 2007
..., 1994 . Dickinson, Margaret, ed. Rogue Reels: Oppositional Film in Britain . London: British Film Institute, 1999 . Doane, Mary Ann. The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive . Cambridge, ma: Harvard up, 2002 . ____. “Real Time: Instantaneity and the Photographic...
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differences (1 September 2005) 16 (2): 116–137.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., dissolving the very thing they bring into being. In the event of gift- giving, the gift surprises itself: it takes over its own freedom, which, in turn, overtakes it. Accordingly, the gift vanishes. Giving Contingency...
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differences (1 May 2007) 18 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 May 2007
... Media at Brown University. She is the author of The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive (Harvard University Press, 2002), Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1991), and The Desire to Desire: The Woman's Film of the 1940s (Indiana...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 132–144.
Published: 01 December 2016
... Madness reminds us, is to appreciate not just the contingency of “sexuality” or “madness” but also of the framing contexts in which they can emerge: their waxing and waning principles of division. These divisions emerge differently between reason and general categories of unreason, between reason and a...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2010
.... emily apter is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at New York University. She is the author, most recently, of The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature (Princeton University Press, 2006). Badiou, Alain. Preface. After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency...
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differences (1 May 2007) 18 (1): 128–152.
Published: 01 May 2007
...Mary Ann Doane Brown University and differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2007 mary ann doane is George Hazard Crooker Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is the author of The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2008
... individual consumption of commodities. And finally, revolutionary struggles change the meaning of freedom itself. First of all, political freedom in the contingent historical world is different from...
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differences (1 September 1999) 11 (2): 22–52.
Published: 01 September 1999
... best approach to the material. If one is to take the faked orgasm issue as contingent, then cybernetic explanation provides a model that frees up history from the march of the necessary (e.g., various versions of the...
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differences (1 September 2008) 19 (2): 1–8.
Published: 01 September 2008
... continued to call those names: the Katrina refrigerator. This discourse was entirely contingent upon its scene of enuncia- tion. Prohibited from reentering the city for three weeks or more, with their length of...
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differences (1 May 2003) 14 (1): 53–73.
Published: 01 May 2003
.... ____. “ Restaging the Universal .” Butler,Laclau, and Žižek 11 -43. Butler, Judith, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj Žižek. Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left . London: Verso, 2000 . Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism . 1972 . Trans. Joan Pinkham. New York:Monthly...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 211–234.
Published: 01 December 2011
... possible present contingent sounds.1 The regime of silence comfortably absorbs this gesture of the body’s noisy too-muchness as the negation of its sonic system. Even if silence is figured as impossible to reach in a state of absolute purity, or an “ever receding horizon,” as Susan Sontag frames...