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differences (2020) 31 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2020
... forebears. In Moses , the idea of our psychical inheritance will reappear as the notion of “archaic heritage.” Freud will claim that historical traditions, and in particular the traumatic events of a people’s past, are passed down through “unofficial”—that is, unconscious—means. The assumption, once again...
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differences (2008) 19 (2): 9–34.
Published: 01 September 2008
...: Routledge, 2007 . Freud, Sigmund. Moses and Monotheism . Trans. Katherine Jones. New York: Vintage, 1955 . Goody, Jack. The Theft of History . Cambridge: Cambridge up, 2006 . Hacking, Ian. Historical Ontology . Cambridge: Harvard up, 2002 . Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time . Trans. John...
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differences (2016) 27 (3): 20–44.
Published: 01 December 2016
... man” (“Paris” 40). Allegory is the experience of the past and the future in the present, the recognition and expression of history—what for Benjamin was the “truth of the world” (Cowan 112). This “truth” does not exist outside allegory, much as Freud’s “ historical truth” does not achieve...
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differences (2002) 13 (3): 121–142.
Published: 01 December 2002
.... “The Rhetoric of Temporality.” Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism . 2nd ed. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1983 . 187 –228. Dekker, George. The American Historical Romance . New York: Cambridge UP, 1987 . Dimock, Wai Chee. “Deep Time: American Literature and World...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 36–62.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of historicity, historical methodology and, foremost, fantasy. Does the “scholar’s archive,” as defined by Ann Cvetkovich, even exist? Is there really such an unambiguous difference between the historian’s view on the traditional archive, filled with bureaucratic waste, and the allegedly radical archive...
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differences (2021) 32 (1): 30–53.
Published: 01 May 2021
...) are brought back to the question of political relevance. © 2021 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2021 disciplines historicity history of ideas history of reception literary theory origin regimes of relevance For what counts, in the historicity...
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differences (2013) 24 (2): 51–92.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Tani E. Barlow This essay solders together a historical case study of advertising on the China mainland in the early twentieth century with a series of generalizable appraisals and determinations to establish how the catachresis woman is evental. The event of women emerged historically in part...
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differences (2008) 19 (1): 32–70.
Published: 01 May 2008
... and tools of historically specific injustices such as the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and especially the transatlantic slave trade. Rather than condemning this kind of role playing--especially as it takes place between black and white men--Julien offers sadomasochism as an embodied way to feel historical...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 165–174.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Sylvia Schafer This article reflects on the relief with which mainstream historical scholarship has distanced itself in the last decade or so from serious engagements with the so-called linguistic turn of the later twentieth century. This twenty-first-century repudiation of theory continually...
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differences (2012) 23 (1): 151–183.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Zahid R. Chaudhary This essay aims to rethink historical difference in light of Walter Benjamin’s formulation of mimesis and Frantz Fanon’s phenomenology of difference. Divided into three parts, the essay engages Dipesh Chakrabarty’s account of historical difference, considers how an understanding...
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differences (2014) 25 (3): 123–143.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Duy Lap Nguyen This essay proposes a reading of Walter Benjamin’s attempt to develop a historical materialist critique of phenomenological theories of time, including those of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Edmund Husserl. In the Arcades Project , these theories of time—which Benjamin...
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differences (2014) 25 (3): 98–122.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Anjali Arondekar Sexuality endures as an object of historical recovery through a poetics of melancholia, an irresolvable longing for loss that refuses all forms of consolation. My meditations call upon a historiography of sexuality in South Asia that pushes against the binding energies...
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differences (2013) 24 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2013
...A. Kiarina Kordela This essay advances a new theory of biopolitics by first showing that the shortcomings of both Michel Foucault's and Giorgio Agamben's theories are due to the fact that they do not approach biopolitics as both a historically specific and a transhistorical phenomenon. Based...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 May 2019
... politics of the contemporary moment, with broad speculation on the political demands, critical inheritances, and contradictory politics of #MeToo. The middle thematic attends to the vicissitudes of sex in the conjuncture between perversion and pleasure, with considerations of the historical construction...
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differences (2013) 24 (2): 8–21.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Lingzhen Wang The essay introduces Li Xiaojiang and her early works from the 1980s and 1990s in three steps. First, it closely situates Li and her works in both the general historical context of China’s transformation from the socialist to the postsocialist era and the most relevant intellectual...
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differences (2008) 19 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Sonali Perera According to a corpus of representative texts and standard minimal Marxist definitions, the “proletariat” of proletarian literature is, by definition, revolutionary, and by implication, male; this is the specific subset of the working class entrusted with the historic mission...
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differences (2013) 24 (2): 22–50.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Li Xiaojiang The change in women’s historical circumstances and social status has no direct connection with the development of social formations in classical Marxism. It is, however, intimately linked to human progress. Up to the present, social development has undergone five stages, yet the change...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 63–100.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., recognized an incongruity between their revolutionary insurgency and the conditions of possibility for its memorialization. This essay follows Pritilata Waddedar, the first woman to die in the commission of an anticolonial terrorist attack, as she is incarnated into legal, historical, and cultural evidence...
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differences (2009) 20 (1): 40–86.
Published: 01 May 2009
... conjunction of necessity and impossibility, distinct from previous forms of contradiction (antinomies in Kant and dialectical contradiction in Hegel) and therefore historically situated in relation to the tradition of metaphysics. He argues that the other two modal categories, possibility and contingency...
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differences (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...