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differences (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...
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differences (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 (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 (2011) 22 (2-3): 54–73.
Published: 01 December 2011
... 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 Chow...
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differences (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 (2013) 24 (3): 160–174.
Published: 01 December 2013
... 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 of its logic...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
... and the 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 (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 countersubjectivations...
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differences (2020) 31 (3): 169–187.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Odette Lienau This essay argues that issues of sovereign state debt repayment and collection—too often assumed to be free of the contingency and elasticity of narrative—are deeply shaped by historically grounded discourses of sovereignty that delineate boundaries between the public and private...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 90–109.
Published: 01 December 2022
... subjectivity are mediated by the contingent spatial aesthetics of the clinic in moments of revolutionary struggle. It brings clinical uses of the psychoanalytic frame by Frantz Fanon, Wulf Sachs, Marie Langer, and Juan Carlos Volnovich into conversation with Derrida’s conceptualization of the parergon...
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differences (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 (2005) 16 (2): 116–137.
Published: 01 September 2005
... 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/Contingency’s...
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differences (2007) 18 (1): 87–127.
Published: 01 May 2007
... . 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 Imaginary...
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differences (2007) 18 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 May 2007
... and 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 (2016) 27 (3): 132–144.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of 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...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 33–50.
Published: 01 December 2022
... except what has been socialized into them” (177). He argues for the contingency (the arising in action, in concrete circumstances) of all “solidarity as made rather than found, produced in the course of history” (195). In its objective dimension, such production is the work of human sociopolitical...
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differences (1995) 7 (1): 146–164.
Published: 01 April 1995
... there is no logical solution, no square circle-only precarious and contingent attempts of mediation. If the group tries to assert its identity as it is at that moment, as its location within the community at large is defined by the system of exclusions dictated by the dominant groups, it condemns itself...
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differences (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 (1993) 5 (2): 1–23.
Published: 01 July 1993
... it strives to represent in all its contingency. Nevertheless, alongside this doubt, this assertion of a nonrelation between photography and the body, there continues to exist a certain fascination with the possibility of an imbrication of technology and the body. The two historical anecdotes situate...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2008
... “at any price,” which so often deteriorates into the individual consumption of commodities. And finally, revolutionary struggles change the meaning of freedom itself. First of all, political freedom in the contingent...