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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 46–64.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Jeffrey S. Librett This essay examines the excessive structure and functioning of the drive, on the limit between language and the organic body, in Totem and Taboo . To shed new light on the relationship between language and the jouissance of the drive, as well as the primal horde myth, the author...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Fliess’s 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 (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 165–174.
Published: 01 September 2012
... histories of language and governance in modern France, the author considers the value—and costs—of persisting in such “outmoded” practices. This brief essay thus ruminates on what might be at stake for historians who continue to attend to the play of language in the texts we read—or who persist in...
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differences (1 September 2003) 14 (2): 106–133.
Published: 01 September 2003
.... Baudrillard, Jean. For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign . Trans. Charles Levin. St. Louis: Telos, 1981 . Benjamin, Walter. “On Language as Such and on the Language of Man.” Selected Writings . Vol. 1 . Ed. Marcus Bullock and Michael W. Jennings. 62 -74. Butler, Judith. Excitable Speech...
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differences (1 September 2006) 17 (2): 64–95.
Published: 01 September 2006
..., This Body of My Dreams: Descartes and Augustine on the Body of Language: Linguistic Constructivism in Historical Perspective . She has published articles on Augustine and Descartes, as well as on topics in twentieth-century Continental philosophy. She has also written on issues in contemporary art...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 53–72.
Published: 01 December 2010
... language of transcendence usually associated with Romanticism. Readings of Novalis, Lord Byron, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe indicate the point of default at which repetition causes the language of unification to falter. The language of love fails to fuse its interlocutors in...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 178–197.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Éric Fassin In transatlantic sex wars, gender is supposedly alien to French culture, as if it were essentially American. This nationalist cliché can be turned upside down if one takes language seriously. Gender is not only, but it is also, a grammatical term, especially in French. It is omnipresent...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 14–58.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Hegel does not translate a canonical text from the Western tradition, but rather strives to translate a theological-philosophical language that does not yet exist. In this orientation toward a language that is not yet, his first major philosophical work—and translation project—is oracular in ways that...
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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
... silence.” I trace the appearance of this linking of silence to the metaphysical language of presence in the work of Cage, Foucault, and Derrida. My argument is that, while the regime of silence is linked to a dialectic of being and nothingness, plenitude and finitude, the fullness of meaning or the ground...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 156–176.
Published: 01 May 2014
...David Golumbia In 2003, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak published Death of a Discipline , an exhortation to create “an inclusive comparative literature,” one that “takes the languages of the Southern Hemisphere as active cultural media rather than as objects of cultural study.” To many literary scholars...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 64–89.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ayse Parla This article explores the potentials for and pitfalls of the virtually nonexistent terrain of rights for undocumented migrants in Turkey to engage the broader question of whether the language of rights can serve emancipatory ends for subordinated groups. As in other capitalist regimes...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... temptation to make the poststructuralist move of positing culture as the origin of nature, which would grant culture the primary status that nature has historically held, Kirby bypasses arguments over whether matter is out in the world or a product of language by expanding what counts as language. Rather...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 1–35.
Published: 01 December 2013
... the animal marks a point at which language or narrative is unequal to itself. The singular, constitutive thresholds or folds of these fables in turn betray something of how language or narrative might work, in what nameless bodies—and even bodiless names—it secretly trades. thangam...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 51–92.
Published: 01 September 2013
... array of performatively accreted social subjects. It is a historical novelty. This essay universalizes a case rooted in Chinese- and Japanese-language archives and historical specificities, particularly the international advertising ephemera that presents a multiple (Badiou’s language for a set or...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 169–177.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Gayle Salamon This essay considers the difficulties of representing poverty, its conditions and phenomenology, in narrative and asks after the relation between language and poverty. Are there unique pressures on narrative when it is asked to describe deprivation? What are the conditions of its...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 111–145.
Published: 01 May 2011
.... Arguing that Tanpınar's story, and the modernization parody it constructs, offers significant insights that help bring to light otherwise invisible dimensions of neoliberal state reforms, the author discusses how neoliberalism and its technologies are translated into a language of modernization and...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 191–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
... breeding farms, unspeakable, unspoken acts of sexual violence, and suspiciously light-skinned household bodies counted as inventory rather than progeny, the essay addresses how this legacy of fear and loathing, of “in-law” and “outlaw” family lingers today, codified in and by our language as who gets to be...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 1–13.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., among other things, the translator’s modesty or “invisibility”; on the chance of the lucky find or fortuitous encounter; on the “passion for translation” (Derrida); on modern foreign language instruction that harbors the vain ambition to suppress the experience of translation; and on Virginia Woolf’s...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 59–91.
Published: 01 December 2014
... between language, interpretation, and desire, as well as their disconnects. The piece also questions the uninterpretable and asks, particularly with respect to psychosis: what does it mean to be situated somewhere outside of the bounds of interpretation? © 2014 by Brown University and differences : A...