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differences (2014) 25 (2): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2014
... and the nonhuman world; and from the contestation of gendered and racist violence of abstract formalism. Consequently, feminist aesthetics has to approach any artistic practice in nonindividualist, and even not entirely anthropocentric, terms. Only such a relational feminist approach to the impossibility...
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differences (2017) 28 (3): 136–165.
Published: 01 December 2017
... association between finance and prostitution, this essay unearths the gendered aspect of capitalism. In capitalism gender relations are formally excluded from the sphere of exchange. The traditional notion of marriage as a purchase of a wife has become obscene, but its obscenity attests that its exclusion...
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differences (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...
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differences (2019) 30 (2): 72–92.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of Are You My Mother? ’s own analysis in order to make room for readings that resist taking the text at its word. Although Are You My Mother? proclaims loyalty to the psychoanalytic theories of Donald Winnicott, Bechdel employs the metaphor of the mirror and the formal qualities of comics to complicate...
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differences (2021) 32 (1): 54–73.
Published: 01 May 2021
... of its perceived uniqueness, bringing about the demise of theoretical discourses aimed at determining that uniqueness. Exploring the tensions within Russian formalism and Prague structuralism that made possible the abandonment of the adherence to the doctrine of literary autonomy through specific uses...
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differences (2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
... theory of bisexuality through the intermediary of Otto Weininger, however, Lacan formalizes the impasse between the feminine as what mobilizes the drive and the ego as it is constructed in language. Lacan’s reading of logical form in Wittgenstein opens to a writing of the drive in its relationship...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... revolve around the extent to which science’s objects are “real” or, put more formally, to what extent objects of human inquiry exist outside their investigation. This essay critiques two important interlocutors in the debate—Butler and Latour—to argue that this is the wrong question to ask. Resisting...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 59–89.
Published: 01 December 2008
... difference. “Keeping” house, then, is figured in leaving it, at a formal level of indistinction between inside and outside. At this level, the novel suggests a model for thinking agency, or decision, predicated on the uncertainty of identification and the need for self-critical reflection on the thetic...
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differences (2010) 21 (2): 142–172.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Amy Tang There is perhaps no single formal practice more closely associated with contemporary culture than the repetition of images, styles, and forms from the past, and nowhere have these practices been more contentiously debated than in the cultural production of racial subjects. This essay...
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differences (2015) 26 (3): 81–106.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Banu Bargu This essay offers a rejoinder to Balibar’s reconstruction of Althusser’s thought. The author analyzes Balibar’s reading by attending to its formal protocols and substantive arguments, especially the transposition of the aporias in Althusser’s theoretical formulations, moving from...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 156–164.
Published: 01 May 2023
...John Paul Ricco This essay considers Leo Bersani’s concept of “incongruity” as a key term in his thinking of ethical relation and, specifically, as a description of the desynchronized movement and impersonal configuration of bodies, psyches, thoughts, and things, in which the formal mobilization...
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differences (2017) 28 (2): 86–115.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the construction of the supersensual reality of the death drive in masochistic fantasy and in fetishistic disavowal, exploring their affinity not only with art and aesthetics but with mathematical and formal constructions. Both help to elucidate Freud’s early insight that the death drive is more mathematical than...
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differences (2014) 25 (2): 130–137.
Published: 01 September 2014
... political content is reduced to mere elements such as the sourcing of a formal innovation (Pound’s erratic use of the fringe economist Major Douglas, for example) and, on the other hand, critical historical stud- ies that take either...
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differences (2003) 14 (2): 49–77.
Published: 01 September 2003
... is not formal. Actuality always exceeds its form, 54 Concerning the Digital for it moves along lines that connect singularities; the actual is not a neat sequence of frozen or static...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 183–190.
Published: 01 May 2023
... and/or personal symbol , the meaning signified. They therefore ignored formal lability, that is, the mobility of signifiers as “meaning,” even though formal difficulty was, after all, the motivation for their feats of analysis in the very first place. In this perplexing impasse, Bersani found one way...
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differences (2010) 21 (3): 73–96.
Published: 01 December 2010
... the film: the formal language, with its themes and variations and strict technical rhythms, of high French cuisine. My contention is that gastronomic logic shapes the cinematic form of the film, specifically the way in which color...
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differences (2006) 17 (2): 132–160.
Published: 01 September 2006
...: the woman artist’s “feminine” abstract mark is recoded as “disembodied or otherwise unmarked by gender [privilege] . . . exclu- sively reserved for her male colleagues” (Brennan 131). Thus, “formalism continued to derive...
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differences (2011) 22 (1): 172–228.
Published: 01 May 2011
... in general and Kurds in particular, in policy as well as in institutional conduct. I also try to show the constitutive nature of the familial mode and of the enmeshing of formal and informal practices in this mode of governing...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 33–50.
Published: 01 December 2022
... with overt license to contravene ordinary speech. Molly Anne Rothenberg recognizes that such hazarded formalizations are likely to elicit from theorists charges of the dangers of signifying, including exclusion, and the “aestheticization” of politics, which Walter Benjamin famously formulated...
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differences (2021) 32 (1): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2021
... , and so on. Tihanov does point out the link between literary theory and Romanticism. Yet he also insists on a clear cut between the two, which makes the short durée of literary theory so short, in fact, that it coincides with the two interwar decades we usually associate with Russian formalism...