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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 1–39.
Published: 01 May 2009
.... 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 (1 May 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 (1 May 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 their...
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differences (1 May 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 and...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2014
... impossibility and possibility of transformative artistic practices can offer resistance to art’s appropriation by the politics of modernity and contemporary neoliberalism. This essay emerged first as a response to Robin James’s and Donna V. Jones’s papers, which were originally presented at “A Book...
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differences (1 December 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 (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
... 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 (1 May 2018) 29 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 May 2018
... characters. The films draw our attention as much to the gestures of stuff’s accumulation as they do to the frustrating impossibility of complete disposal. They depict throwing things away as an anxious activity with unstable parameters that threatens human agency and subjectivity. In the narrative space of...
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differences (1 September 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 (1 May 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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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
... 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...
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differences (1 December 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, and of...
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differences (1 December 2005) 16 (3): v–vii.
Published: 01 December 2005
..., especially as we look to the future. We know that feminism’s foundational questions are still impossible ones and that they still look to the future for answers. Derrida posed one of those questions in his 1982 interview with Christie...
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differences (1 December 2005) 16 (3): 1–15.
Published: 01 December 2005
.... peggy kamuf To Follow It is impossible that we should each survive the other. That’s the duel, the axiomatic of every duel, the scene which is the most common and the least spoken of—or the most...
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differences (1 December 2006) 17 (3): np.
Published: 01 December 2006
..., but as a mode of cultural work, the work of giving-to-read those impossible contradictions that cannot yet be spoken.” At a time when guides to theory abound, Johnson’s writing and her engage- ment with her texts stands out. It is not through pedagogy or paraphrase, but rather through her...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 132–144.
Published: 01 December 2016
... therapeutic approaches to madness—because a new dividing line between blameworthy vice and scientific scrutiny of psychic illness is establishing itself. And if, as Huffer argues in Mad for Foucault , the History of Madness (written, initially, under the prefatory sign of its own impossibility...
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differences (1 December 2005) 16 (3): 41–51.
Published: 01 December 2005
... rela- tion to an impossible presence, as expenditure without reserve, the irreversible usage of energy [. . .] and as the entirely other relationship that apparently interrupts every economy? It is...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2011
... the aptitude to return the gaze. It doesn’t merely originate from anywhere and everywhere, but also imbues space with exposure to visibility. The impossibility of escape from hearing the sound is transposed into the impossibility...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 100–118.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and pleasure of the text; no reader can claim innocence of, or complete mastery over, this dynamic. 16 Almost every paragraph of the book consistently articulates what it considers to be the impossibility of women’s sexuality: “Top-down relations feel sexual” (147). “[W]omen notice that sexual...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 1–4.
Published: 01 September 2017
... examples, to explore the relationship between the drive and the act. She affirms that the “untreatable” at work in the act is not something to be controlled or contained by an analysis, but is the expression of the impossible “quest” by which we recognize the subject of the unconscious and its singular...