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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 130–137.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Donna V. Jones This brief review essay focuses on the central question posed in Ewa Plonowska Ziarek’s Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism : if feminism is considered in social and biographical terms while aesthetics focuses on questions of form and abstraction, does a feminist...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 116–129.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Robin James Building on Ewa Ziarek’s account of “potentiality” and “incandescence” as feminist counter-modernisms, this essay argues that these aesthetic and political strategies have been co-opted by neoliberalism and domesticated into resilience discourse. This argument is made, in part, through...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 130–149.
Published: 01 September 2013
... transgender representations in early modern China. Li Yu’s works demonstrate that the representation and performance of ambiguous or trans genders was linked to elite male consumption: that is, transgressive gender presentations were a prime form of entertainment, in fiction as in theater. However, his...
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differences (1 May 1999) 11 (1): 68–111.
Published: 01 May 1999
... . Vol. 1 . York: Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, 1790 . LISA O’CONNELL Marriage Acts: Stages in the Transformation of Modern Nuptial Culture Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753...
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differences (1 September 1999) 11 (2): 153–176.
Published: 01 September 1999
...REY CHOW 1999 rey chow is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, where she teaches in the Departments of Modern Culture and Media, and Comparative Literature. She is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which is Ethics after Idealism:Theory...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Ewa Plonowska Ziarek This essay develops further the main implications of a feminist theory of aesthetics and modernism first articulated in Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism . By engaging critically with Theodor Adorno and Giorgio Agamben in the context of feminist theories of...
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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 2013) 24 (2): 51–92.
Published: 01 September 2013
... extricate. Reading Badiou’s philosophy creatively, the essay makes the case that women or woman is an emergent, historical, modern, and universal truth; direct critique of Badiou also drives home the point that philosophy (or “theory”) is vulnerable to history and that historically, factually, actually, and...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 109–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
... queer aesthetic of Isaac Julien. Understanding Julien's use of citation and technology allows for an aesthetic elaboration of difference that highlights the persistence of modernism in postcolonial installations. It reinvests the idea of hope in modernism through a postcolonial lens that both laments...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 90–110.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Leti Volpp This article shows how depictions of immigrant culture can limit the lives of immigrants to a problematic battle between “tradition and modernity.” As illustrated in the portrayal of a case in which immigrant parents murdered their teenaged daughter, Tina Isa, the discourse of tradition...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 101–126.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Alexander Des Forges This article argues that the concept of cultural capital as it is generally used in the study of the modern West constitutes a catachresis with three fundamentally problematic aspects: it shortchanges the productive capacity of capital; it assumes a commensurability between...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 150–171.
Published: 01 September 2013
... culture, Li Yugang has won the recognition of both market and mainstream cultures, successfully adding a modern edge to the traditional art. Like reality television shows in the West, Li Yugang’s cross-dressing performances tend to use sensationalism to attract viewers and to increase advertising revenue...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 17–63.
Published: 01 May 2011
... cultural violence; the elements of popular fantasy that animate it; the forms of modern state and transnational power the category occludes; and the ahistorical and divisive civilizational thinking it encourages. Drawing both on ethnography from one Egyptian Bedouin community in which honor is a key moral...
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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 September 2016) 27 (2): 27–61.
Published: 01 September 2016
... new concepts that enable the heterogeneous actualization of feminism’s unharvested virtuality and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek’s rereading of suffragette thought as an aesthetic modernism articulating a radical right to revolt and to imagine an undefined feminist futurity, Pollock examines texts by Hannah...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 45–92.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Maggie Hennefeld In the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, hundreds of women allegedly died from laughing too hard. Any activity in modern life—going to the circus, playing bridge, or salting pork in the kitchen—could become a gateway to the convulsions of hysterical laughter for women...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 26–47.
Published: 01 May 2015
... The History of Sexuality , volume 1 . Butler’s description of how norms work and, more particularly, how norms might be subverted is radically inconsistent with Foucault’s account of the processes of normalization that characterize modern power. This inconsistency allows us to see that, despite its...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 73–102.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Brady Thomas Heiner Among the principal demands of contemporary political theory and practice is to determine habitable alternatives to (1) the violent and falsely two-sided dynamic of sovereignty and (2) the modern equation of the unitary, self-governing entity with the human itself. This essay...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 103–147.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Henry S. Turner This essay examines the problem of the corporation as an “artificial person” and as a form of political organization in the early modern period, using Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations (1598–1600) to explore models of collective, corporate narration and competing images of...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2008
... suffragettes' contribution to political modernity is not limited to the enfranchisement of women, although this was an enormous victory. Equally significant is the suffragettes' discourse of revolution, which, as Hannah Arendt argues, reveals the inextricable connection between freedom, the emergence of female...