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differences (2009) 20 (1): 1–39.
Published: 01 May 2009
... it. tracy mcnulty Demanding the Impossible: Desire and Social Change The traditional pessimism of psychoanalysis with respect to social change is well known. Even from its greatest innovators, we are used to a kind of jaded...
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differences (2009) 20 (1): 40–86.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Charles Shepherdson This article explores the relation between the work of Lacan and Derrida, focusing on the use of modal logic in both writers (the categories of necessity, impossibility, contingency, and possibility). The author explores the structure of the aporia in Derrida as a peculiar...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 63–81.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Andrea Long Chu This essay argues that feminism is impossible. After examining a recent #MeToo episode—a bad sexual encounter between actor Aziz Ansari and a woman named Grace—as a case study in feminist disappointment, the essay turns to several key seventies feminist texts to reconstruct...
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differences (1997) 9 (3): 79–101.
Published: 01 November 1997
... for Peoples of Color .” Law and Inequality 5 . 1 ( 1987 ): 103 – 34 . The Impossibility of Women's Studies WENDY BROWN I:.ere is today enough retrospective analysis and harangue concerning the field of women's studies to raise the question of whether dusk on its epoch has arrived, even if nothing...
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differences (2010) 21 (1): 169–177.
Published: 01 May 2010
... speakability? And what investments and theoretical suppositions attend the assertion of poverty as a position of narrative impossibility, or of asserting the impossibility, for the poor, of inhabiting a speaking subject position? Through a reading of William Vollmann's Poor People and George Orwell's Down...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 141–176.
Published: 01 December 2022
... through a vertical, fantasmatic identification with any given leader and their connection with the dead Father. For his part, Lacan generated his theory of the four discourses as a structural—and, indeed, more plausible—account of how social relations are impossible yet work nevertheless. He mapped...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 85–113.
Published: 01 December 2021
... conditions of possibility and impossibility. These are the material conditions that, from W. E. B. Du Bois’s analysis of the “color-line” to Calvin Warren’s analytic of “onticide,” from Lewis Gordon’s “antiblackness” to Nelson Maldonado-Torres’s “coloniality of being,” and from Hortense Spillers’s “being...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 114–146.
Published: 01 December 2021
... that despite the tenacity of male governance, female in-laws wield tremendous power in the rites that widows deem discriminatory. While interlocutors in this essay stress the near impossibility of a widow escaping the tentacles of authority and the empathy deficit stemming from it, others who have resisted...
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differences (2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
... that the feminine eroticizes the body and orients the drive toward its impossible object and that analysis is interminable because in both men and women the feminine is rejected by the ego. Lacan largely passes over Freud’s bisexual thesis. Through his reading of Wittgenstein, whose Tractatus takes up Fliess’s...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... than claim that nature in its prerepresentational form is impossible to experience, she argues that nature itself consists of representations, and not just human-made ones. This essay, and, in its own way, each essay in the special issue it responds to, shows how the binaries operating in science were...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of being “normalized” and called “immoral,” these particles resist normative notions of physical contact; they are perverse. On the human scale, electrons trouble the notion of touch by making it impossible to close the distance between atoms: the sense of touch paradoxically relies on electric repulsion...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 68–95.
Published: 01 September 2018
... is rendered impossible in the logics of antiblackness and patriarchy. Using Audre Lorde’s writing, especially her theorizing of difference and audacity in The Cancer Journals , this essay argues for a black female “one,” for a conceit of black female relationality that doesn’t reify black femaleness...
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differences (2019) 30 (2): 115–145.
Published: 01 September 2019
... the legal and illegal, and the woman guerilla, the limit between the past and future. The truths of these figures reveal the impossibilities of living under colonial, patriarchal, and repressive conditions and unleash a force that challenges the boundaries instituted on speech, law, and politics by liberal...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 28–58.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Rosalyn Diprose This article explores the impossibility and necessity of belonging to gender, race, and place. It does so against the background of Ivan Sen's Australian film Beneath Clouds (2001), with the specificities of Australian landscape and the rural/urban divide that it captures...
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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 (2020) 31 (2): 30–57.
Published: 01 September 2020
... straightforwardly autobiographical account. Borrowing the concept of “autothanatography” from Jacques Derrida and others, this essay explores how Vivier’s works inscribe a relationship to death, to the end and impossibility of autobiography, into its very origin. I argue that such an inscription occurs prominently...
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differences (2020) 31 (3): 12–20.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Catherine Malabou This essay confronts Peter Singer’s vision of the gift with Jacques Derrida’s by examining the claims of “effective altruism,” a movement of which Singer is the most prominent representative. While Derrida argues that giving for the sake of giving is impossible to the extent...
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differences (2021) 32 (1): 97–125.
Published: 01 May 2021
... reading of Todorov involves considerable misunderstanding, it nevertheless produces fascinating results and exemplifies the impossibility of relegating literary theory to a single regime of relevance. © 2021 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2021 Franz...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 276–282.
Published: 01 May 2023
... was aware of the citational redundancy, this essay focuses on the pedagogy of reading it suggests, not only in terms of Bersani’s own thought but for the critical humanities more generally. The quote in question posits the absolute necessity and impossibility of psychoanalysis in its attempt to “theorize...
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differences (2017) 28 (1): 124–173.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Lee Edelman Taking queerness as one of the figural names for ontological exclusion (that is, for whatever a particular regime of social being forecloses), this essay focuses on how such a queerness effects an impossible pedagogy that aspires to teach us nothing. Rather than a site of emptiness...
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