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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 1–5.
Published: 01 September 2018
... essays collected in this volume offer variations on the theme, concept, complications, contradictions, and complex history of black marriage. Contributors—who include historians, social scientists, literary theorists, and legal scholars—examine what the institution has meant and continues to mean in...
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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 2018) 29 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 May 2018
... that maintained the limitations of class in successive generations. Insofar as it provides a rationale for dismantling the welfare state, the same concept of the single-family household has continued to define the family even under neoliberalism. What does it mean, then, that novelists now writing for...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 204–212.
Published: 01 September 2018
... proposes to use the black past as a case study and a cautionary tale from which the gay present might learn lessons about the ways and means of marriage rights in America, Wedlocked , in a second pedagogical reversal, looks to the success of the contemporary marriage equality campaign in elevating the...
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differences (1 December 2018) 29 (3): 58–85.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Vered Lev Kenaan What does it mean to have a feminine voice in a literary world dominated by male authors? What would it mean for the contemporary reader of ancient and medieval texts to be responsive to the distinctiveness of the feminine voice? This article addresses these questions by focusing...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Ewa Plonowska Ziarek Building on studies that recover suffrage as an important political, historical, and cultural phenomenon, this article considers the political implications of the British suffragettes' redefinition of the right to vote as the right to revolt. Such a definition means that the...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 28–58.
Published: 01 December 2008
... with others, and that is essential to one's life. The paper also argues that this belonging is corporeal, lived, and that it engenders and transforms sociopolitical meaning. On the basis of this model of community, the harm of racism and sexism lies not in the effects of categorization and...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 1–39.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Tracy McNulty The question at the core of this essay is whether the subjective stance of one person can initiate broad change or inspire collective action by means other than the group psychology, not by appealing to a particular set of values or ideals or by cementing the group through...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 87–101.
Published: 01 May 2009
... the subsequent promise of transformative change have led to a series of critical impasses in liberal criticism. This essay contends that the failures of psychoanalysis (failures to produce stable meaning, to procure cure, to exorcize the past, to segregate health from illness, and so forth) may be...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 102–116.
Published: 01 May 2009
... and Klein's 1940s writing on mourning and the fear of death. Between them, Freud and Klein produce a compelling narrative about what it means to live in fear not only of death, which is where Freud begins his critique of the normalizing pathologies of war at the beginning of the century, but also of...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 1–23.
Published: 01 September 2010
... meaningful relations that language makes pos- sible, Deleuze and Guattari want to free humans and animals from mean- ing altogether and thus undo the very identities that confirm a distinction between human and animal. For them, Kafka’s...
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differences (1 May 2012) 23 (1): 101–130.
Published: 01 May 2012
... in fact driven by a fear of queer increase . This essay proposes that antigay rhetoric tacitly construes same-sex desire as a meme , a unit of cultural meaning believed to recur and mutate like a gene. In this phobic view of gay etiology, then, homosexuality is a dangerous idea that proliferates more...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 169–191.
Published: 01 May 2013
... for thinking of the sensation of cold without reducing it to symbolic meaning or assuming it is autonomic. Although Merleau-Ponty's account of spatiality begins from the body, however, his work does not consider the sensation of temperature. Turning to Rashmika Pandya's phenomenological essay “The...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2011
... oppositions: wakefulness/sleep; inside/outside; cause/disruption of causality; floating/fixation, location/dislocation; time/space; one/multiple; duration/intermittency, sound/silence; subject/Other; reality/fantasy, meaningless/meaning; sound/voice; “being and time,” “being and nothingness,” “being and event...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 8–21.
Published: 01 September 2013
... discourses and cultural movements of the 1980s. Second, it articulates the historical specificity and contingent meanings of Li’s major concept of sexual and gender differences. And lastly, it explores the theoretical and political innovation and limitation of Li’s postsocialist feminist discourse...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 168–189.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., where in every case whispering is entangled with the trauma that the animal and the human are for one another. Distinguishing this whispering from “actual whispering,” whispering of the sort given political meaning in Orlando Figes’s recent study of Stalinist Russia, this article suggests a different...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 63–100.
Published: 01 December 2013
... the political conditions of possibility for revolutionary women decades later. Waddedar prophesies the ways in which her death, like that of the immolated widow, will come to be the object of disputed meaning making and insistently jams the gears of systems of evidence that promise an epistemological...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 276–299.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of questions of what stands before meaning—this is a politics of noise and speech, rather than one focusing on speech and language. Second, the article keys in to a certain reorganization of the senses emerging in contemporary, pervasively mediated ecology—seeking to outline what might be termed a...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 1–32.
Published: 01 September 2014
... might mean for the way Foucault’s thinking about the tensions between politics and philosophy, between life and truth, can be read. ed cohen teaches modern thought in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. His most recent book is A Body Worth Defending: Immunity...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 177–188.
Published: 01 May 2014
... culture. Feminist theory has much to offer in this regard. As such, the author asks what it might mean to design—from their very conception—digital tools and applications that emerge from the concerns of cultural theory and, in particular, from a feminist concern for difference. Put differently, this...