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differences (1 December 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 (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 216–230.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Michael Dieter This article reflects theoretically on the conditions of possibility for critical work to be conducted in the context of the digital humanities and aims to provide a broad conceptual vocabulary suitable for supporting and expanding this rapidly changing subdiscipline. It does so by...
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differences (1 May 2006) 17 (1): 88–115.
Published: 01 May 2006
... Dialectic of Enlightenment.” New German Critique 56 ( 1992 ): 143 -70. Horkheimer, Max, and Theodor Adorno. Dialectic of Enlightenment . Ed. Gunzelin Schmid Noerr. Trans. Edmund Jephcott. Stanford: Stanford up, 2002 . Horkheimer, Max. “Authority and the Family.” Critical Theory: Selected...
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differences (1 December 2006) 17 (3): 167–176.
Published: 01 December 2006
... Difference: Structure of Address in Zora Neale Hurston.” Zora Neale Hurston: Critical Perspectives Past and Present . Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. A. Appiah. New York: Amistad, 1993 . 130 -40. Keady, Sylvia H. “Richard Wright's Women Characters and Inequality.” Black American Literature Forum...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 189–190.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Ann duCille This critical commentary presents short essays by three major scholars of sociology, law, critical race theory, and feminist studies—Patricia J. Williams, Mignon Moore, and Kendall Thomas—responding to and engaging with Katherine Franke’s 2015 monograph Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 87–101.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Anne Anlin Cheng This article meditates on the possibility of thinking about both psychoanalysis and contemporary critical analysis without the drive toward symptomatic reading. It argues that the instrumental expectation placed on the diagnosis of symptoms (of illness and of ideology alike) and...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 64–78.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Fiona M. Barnett The question of “what counts?” in a field is an important component of community formation and is critical for eking out resources in the academic ecosystem. But what is the effect when the conversation is not about recognizing similarity across differences or disparity in order to...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 34–52.
Published: 01 December 2010
... an instrument of apologia for the status quo, then what kind of relationship can be imagined to connect the sphere of vigilant thought, along with the critical writing that it sponsors, to the nonaffirmative rescuing of its elusive and nonself-identical objects? A reconsideration of the critical...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
...,” examining its accounts of description and “minimal critical agency” and its skepticism concerning radical freedom and the interpretative heroics of literary analysis from the point of view of Althusser's radically different account of reading as a “guilty” practice, one marked by productivity and the...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 160–174.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Adi Ophir The faculty of the humanities has recently come under attack. Responding to criticism, many of those who care for the faculty insist on the social benefits of the academic disciplines and modes of inquiry that find shelter under its aegis. This article takes the opposite view. Rejecting...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 209–217.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Elizabeth Weed “Reading for Pleasure” suggests a way of drawing the line between what is and what is not theory today. Following Roland Barthes, the author uses her own reading pleasure as a gauge, taking pleasure to be idiosyncratic rather than subjective. Assuming that all types of criticism are...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 197–227.
Published: 01 May 2019
... projects and, second, a set of conversations emerging from an array of fields including critical legal studies and black feminist historiography thinking critically about the idiom of consent in precisely the moment that consent—particularly “enthusiastic” affirmative consent—has been hailed as how sexual...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2015
... for queer inquiry, but to channel some of the field’s energies toward analyzing the critical authority it now wields. This entails promoting scholarship that not only rethinks the meaning of norms, normalization, and the normal but that also imagines new ways to approach the politics of queer...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 48–73.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Robyn Wiegman Responding to the theme of the special issue, Queer Theory without Antinormativity , “Eve’s Triangles” returns to the work of one of queer theory’s most important foundational figures to consider critical sensibilities that are incompatible with the dyadic approach to power and...
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differences (1 December 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 that...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 142–172.
Published: 01 September 2010
... argues that critics consistently interpret such repetitions through the opposing frameworks of either parody or trauma, which consign them to imagining a racial subject who is either entirely in possession of the past or entirely possessed by it; who either stages a cathartic emancipation from historical...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 1–7.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Lingzhen Wang The study of Chinese women and gender since the late 1970s and early 1980s has profoundly enriched and complicated gender research and feminist theory. This special issue of difference s brings together six essays and one commentary that showcase, from a variety of critical...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 300–312.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Iain Chambers Inspired by the Deleuzian imperative to think with , rather than of , cinema, this article considers Mediterranean music s less in terms of historical and cultural testimony and more as an ongoing composition of a mobile critical syntax. The southern and subaltern sounds that are...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 97–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Samuel Solomon This article traces some of the crossings of the literary, political, moral, and epistemological valences of “narcissism” in the work of literary critic Barbara Johnson, exploring how Johnson implicitly works within and against the view, as expounded by the Practical Criticism and...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 189–215.
Published: 01 May 2014
... collaboration as a key organizational technique for the humanities; and 4) the changing relationship between the humanities and sciences. While games are no panacea for the digital humanities, they are a key cultural form and critical site of negotiation in which humanists, artists, designers, technologists...