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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 90–125.
Published: 01 December 2008
... the feminine—through the appropriation of feminine capacities and qualities for themselves. This appropriation ultimately expresses these men's fear of the erosion of male power and the coherence of distinct gender categories that I call a “queer fear of the feminine.” However, this is neither a sign...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 20–44.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Erin Shevaugn Schlumpf This essay examines Marguerite Duras’s Moderato cantabile (1958) and Wang Anyi’s The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (1995) to propose a feminine melancholy manifested in these novels. It argues that the work of Duras and Wang functions allegorically, revealing a tension between...
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differences (1 May 2016) 27 (1): 176–188.
Published: 01 May 2016
...-symbolic life-substance and articulated speech; it stands for the gesture by means of which the life-substance, via its retreat, its self-erasure, opens up the space for symbolic Law” (150). In this reading, the feminine voice that is excessive and transgressive with regard to the Law is nothing other than...
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differences (1 May 2006) 17 (1): 88–115.
Published: 01 May 2006
.... New York: Schocken, 1969 . 253 -64. Brown, Wendy. States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity . Princeton: Princeton up, 1995 . Habermas, Jürgen. The Theory of Communicative Action , Vol. 2 . Trans. Thomas McCarthy. Boston: Beacon, 1987 . Hewitt, Andrew. “A Feminine...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 46–72.
Published: 01 September 2010
... discourse's limitations. This paper suggests that one of the limitations of Lacanian psychoanalysis resides in the too easy capitulation of the terms ``feminine'' and ``masculine'' to ``gendered'' readings. Arguing that Jacques Lacan's formulas of sexuation write against the facile collapse of sexual...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Daniel Wilson Freud first theorizes the drive through Wilhelm Fliess’s theory of bisexuality, which proposes that human life is structured by the periodic expression of a masculine and a feminine substance. Long after his break with Fliess, Freud maintains elements of Fliess’s theory, arguing that...
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differences (1 December 2018) 29 (3): 58–85.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Vered Lev Kenaan What does it mean to have a feminine voice in a literary world dominated by male authors? What would it mean for the contemporary reader of ancient and medieval texts to be responsive to the distinctiveness of the feminine voice? This article addresses these questions by focusing...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 40–86.
Published: 01 May 2009
... largely absorbed by the aporia of necessity and impossibility. In Lacan, by contrast, modal categories are introduced in Encore , his notorious seminar on sexual difference, to develop the distinction between masculinity and femininity. The author argues that the sexuation graph of Encore , which is...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 1–19.
Published: 01 September 2012
... refusing the way in which she binds sexual difference to the semantic opposition between masculine and feminine, this essay offers an understanding of kinship that, first, recognizes the inadequacy of mimetic accounts of sexuality that treat parents as “models” for the formation of sexual desire and...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 116–141.
Published: 01 November 2015
... author examines the ways the film transforms the genre and conjures up an alternative socialist space, which also provides room for more fluid gender formations that radically redefine such notions as women and femininity . This essay also uncovers in the film an affective space contiguous with both the...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 178–193.
Published: 01 May 2010
... other hand, theorizes not the event but the drive to theorize the event—including the event of femininity—to make it precisely some thing , a symptom. But, as Lacan emphasized, the facts miss the point, and naming things is not the same as being able to articulate “the thing” of lack, the real of...
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differences (1 May 2001) 12 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 May 2001
... of the feminine at the heart of these visions of a thoroughly masculine version of humanity. What comes to light, so to speak, as a result of these theoretical engagements is the notion that sexual difference, rather than sexual equality...
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differences (1 May 2006) 17 (1): 147–157.
Published: 01 May 2006
..., mental, and even physiological characteristics of women developed as different from and contrasting with those of men. Here, a word on the question whether the “feminine” or “female” characteristics are socially...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 178–197.
Published: 01 September 2016
... confirmed this argument. With respect to femininity, she claimed and proclaimed the existence of a “French singularity” defined in opposition to an American countermodel: the cultural legacy of the Old Regime in France, based on the art of conversation enjoyed in the salons, mitigated “democratic passions...
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differences (1 December 2003) 14 (3): 4–33.
Published: 01 December 2003
...-Godeau, Abigail. “The Other Side of Venus: The Visual Economy of Feminine Display.” The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective . Ed. Victoria de Grazia with Ellen Furlough. Berkeley: u of California p, 1996 . 113 -50. Steele, Valerie. Fashion and Eroticism: Ideals of...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 100–118.
Published: 01 May 2019
... scope of the sexual within feminist politics. The blurring of content and tone, reality and consciousness, feminine pain and feminist pleasure is much more the stuff of sex in MacKinnon than has been recognized in feminist scholarship. This is not to say that her argument is flawed; on the contrary, the...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 1–4.
Published: 01 September 2017
... defective knowledge,” attesting to a subject who is driven by the real of a jouissance that cannot be thought. Wilson traces the relationship between this censored jouissance and the feminine, showing how Freud’s conception of the feminine as a dimension of the bisexual constitution that is entirely given...
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differences (1 September 2001) 12 (2): 1–46.
Published: 01 September 2001
...SIANNE NGAI 2001 Bovenschen, Silvia. “Is There a Feminine Aesthetic?” New German Critique 10 ( 1977 ): 111 –37. Braidotti, Rosi. Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory . New York: Columbia UP, 1994 . Brennan, Teresa. “The Age of...
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differences (1 September 2003) 14 (2): 134–170.
Published: 01 September 2003
... . Kerr, Frances. “Feeling `Half Feminine': Modernism and the Politics of Emotion in The Great Gatsby.” American Literature 68 ( 1996 ): 405 -31. Kimmel, Michael. Manhood in America: A Cultural History . New York: Free Press, 1996 . Kristeva, Julia. Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia...
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differences (1 December 2003) 14 (3): 57–88.
Published: 01 December 2003
..., feminist theory, and the philosophy of culture, and is currently at work on a book entitled The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic. Barnard, Suzanne. “Tongues of Angels: Feminine Structure and Other Jouissance.” Reading Seminar XX: Lacan's Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality . Ed...