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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 109–141.
Published: 01 September 2010
... was a key component of Romantic reimaginings of language as a productive force. While the native informant guarantees the referential truth of colonial discourse, this essay details the simultaneous emergence of a figure termed the ``native performant,'' who dramatizes the performative power of...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 211–234.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of nonmeaning from which meaning is drawn, by contrast, near inaudibility is linked to a separate set of conceptual and aesthetic terms: formal gradations of pressure, tension, intensity, and force. Finally, each regime also contains within itself a theory of violence. For silence, the centrality of...
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differences (1 May 2008) 19 (1): 71–95.
Published: 01 May 2008
... extensions, when, rather than simply extending into the world, movement develops a centrifugal force, likewise argues that the movement of affective intensity is the way in which the body activates its inherent capacity for change. Extension is a fundamental attitude of the dancing body; dancing “projects...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 24–45.
Published: 01 September 2010
... sexual duality is affirmed in relation to a third, unsexed but sexual force which multiplies the possibilities for sexual pleasure beyond heterosexual coupling. Proust's emphasis on sexed ``parts'' rather than sexed morphologies is generative of maximally diverse combinations, all of which are equally...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 137–168.
Published: 01 May 2013
... responsibility reinscribes antifeminist and homophobic energies, it is worth reexamining the abjection of vanity on which the Western socioethical sphere depends for its force. corey mceleney is Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University, where he specializes in the fields of early modern...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 249–275.
Published: 01 December 2011
...James A. Steintrager In 1997, Jacques Attali made great claims on behalf of noise in his book Noise . Noise would be a revolutionary force within music and, indeed, society—the name of resistance to symbolic violence and “channelization.” This essay examines what has happened to the discourse and...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 123–143.
Published: 01 December 2014
... describes as different accounts of “primal history”—are characterized as the historical products of industrial capitalism as a particular mode of production. Drawing on Marx’s analysis of the contradiction between the relations and forces of production, Benjamin identifies factory labor and crises in...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 1–19.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... The author wants to see Darwin’s career-long fascination with the coevolution of orchids and their insect pollinators as the emergence within his theory of an alternative to natural selection—a positive force of attraction that works both on and through variation. The currency of the orchid-wasp...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 79–102.
Published: 01 September 2016
... tends to reinforce the separation between subjects and objects that women’s and gender studies hopes to pluralize, often positioning “gender” as a more singular object than “sexuality.” In accepting such a teleology and taxonomy, is there a risk of ceding the terrain of gender to conservative forces...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 26–47.
Published: 01 May 2015
... apparent singularity, antinormativity is not a homogenous thing except in its field-founding force for queer theory. © 2015 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2015 queer studies antinormativity Judith Butler Michel Foucault academic field formation...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 141–167.
Published: 01 May 2015
... essay argues that black women’s sexuality functions at once as a lubricant for neoliberal governmentality and as a domain of collective preservation within this order. The author reads the queer force of black women’s survival in the Museum of African American History’s Changing America exhibit, along...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 24–45.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Lucie Cantin From the moment Freud first came up against repetition and the resistance of the symptom in his clinical practice and was thus forced to acknowledge a beyond of the pleasure principle that acts within the subject, the unconscious could no longer be conceived as a site of...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 48–62.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Avital Ronell Exploring the cobelonging of the philosophical and the political, this essay reflects on the question of authority. Plato more or less invented authority when he sought to establish a reliable force that would intercede between power and persuasion. Rhetorical persuasion had failed...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 94–108.
Published: 01 May 2010
... concept provides an event with an incorporeal lining, a virtual force that enables the event to give way to new and unpredictable effects. Feminist theory has produced a profound concept that has not yet been adequately understood: the concept of sexual difference, which has been elaborated in most detail...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 17–63.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Muslims, especially after the 1990s, the honor crime does significant political work in the world today. Through an examination of popular literature, human rights reports, and anthropological and sociological studies, this article uncovers the forces that produce and maintain this category of spectacular...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 74–118.
Published: 01 December 2012
... community of organisms in communication with one another, exemplified by the transmission of information through chemical signaling among plants, which forces readers to question what it means to communicate. This relationality also begs a reconsideration of the dynamic between a human subject who conducts...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 161–196.
Published: 01 December 2012
... romanticized nature in opposition to human culture or as sympathetic by virtue of some forced familiarity to humans, the author traces the path by which “jellies” have exerted a unique agency throughout the history of their captivity and, in doing so, forges a politics of the alien, in which empathy does not...
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differences (1 May 2003) 14 (1): 22–52.
Published: 01 May 2003
... theorizes the concept of the “limit- experience” and cites it as a guiding force of his work. 1 He goes on to characterize his books as “exper ience books, as opposed to truth books or demonstration books” (Essential Works 3: 246). In...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 126–138.
Published: 01 December 2008
... of sexuate being. In fact, the way in which the inorganic, organic, animal, and human domains all achieve their regularities and forms is through the ordering faculty of rhythm. Rhythm is the alternation of forces between two structuring...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 189–190.
Published: 01 September 2018
...,” forced by law to choose among the many partners they may have had during slavery and often “prosecuted for bigamy, adultery or fornication” when they did not comply fast enough or in a fashion sanctioned by the powers that be. The fruit of Franke’s research, Wedlocked deploys this nineteenth...