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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 62–78.
Published: 01 September 2016
.... © 2016 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2016 sexual difference gender futurity Jacques Derrida Barbara Johnson I have often thought that the naming of our programs has been wrong. On one level, it is tedious to think about such institutional...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 55–62.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Mairead Sullivan This keyword explores how the Pence machine, as the regulatory policy driver behind the Trump administration, is rolling back rights for women and LGBTQ communities. Of note, this work is being done in the name of a moral majority, even against the backdrop of a braggart president...
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differences (1 May 2008) 19 (1): 32–70.
Published: 01 May 2008
... historical or to engage viscerally with the past. He thereby opens up new registers for taking in and taking account of the historical, registers that refuse to concede pleasure in the name of trauma, which has been treated as the more properly political affect by most criticism. © 2008 by Brown University...
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differences (1 May 2012) 23 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 May 2012
... Paradise” analyzes accretions of stories about the Assassins to see how the Assassins got their name, were believed to anticipate an Islamic paradise in the afterlife, and came to represent for the West a volatile nexus of sex and violence. This effort of literary archeology considers both Eastern and...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 1–19.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of unconscious ideas related to sexual difference, namely, the case of transgenerational guilt and that of the child who emerges into heterosexuality despite being raised by two parents of the same sex. Acknowledging Mitchell’s suggestion that sexual difference is marked by recalcitrance, but...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 136–164.
Published: 01 September 2012
... institute a more complex historiography, Althusser invents a version of what came to be known simply as “theory.” ( Théorie was the name of Althusser’s series at Maspero, in which Reading Capital and many of his subsequent works appeared.) Thus, while this essay, on the one hand, discloses the limits of...
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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 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 235–239.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Michel Chion These two essays together expose, examine, and critique the workings of “causalism,” the implicit positive valuation that attaches to sonic sources with respect to musical production and audition. According to some, timbre, along with pitch, intensity, and duration, would name the...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 240–248.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Michel Chion These two essays together expose, examine, and critique the workings of “causalism,” the implicit positive valuation that attaches to sonic sources with respect to musical production and audition. According to some, timbre, along with pitch, intensity, and duration, would name the...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 249–275.
Published: 01 December 2011
...James A. Steintrager In 1997, Jacques Attali made great claims on behalf of noise in his book Noise . Noise would be a revolutionary force within music and, indeed, society—the name of resistance to symbolic violence and “channelization.” This essay examines what has happened to the discourse and...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 46–63.
Published: 01 May 2014
... virtualized Kung Fu arena of the Matrix that was called by the same name. This essay, the third of what has become an unplanned trilogy, explains why. A number of wise friends commented on an initial draft of this essay. I am grateful to them. matthew kirschenbaum is Associate Professor of...
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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 127–159.
Published: 01 December 2013
... contrast to critics who either worry that the humanities are newly threatened or hope they will be radically renewed by digital technology, the authors maintain that humanities research and teaching have long shared a mission with mass culture: namely, that of managing populations by controlling the media...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 1–26.
Published: 01 September 2016
... studies is thus centrally concerned with crossing(s), whether crossing(s) functions as a political goal, a meta-metaphor for the field’s variegated theoretical endeavor, or as the name of a multifaceted epistemological problem. This essay focuses on the problem of translation as a form and act of crossing...
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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 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 148–178.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Nancy Armstrong; Leonard Tennenhouse This essay argues that sovereignty, both the form of government and the law it constitutes, can be understood in terms of what it keeps out and at bay—namely, historically specific forms of formlessness. Assuming that formlessness does indeed have a form, the...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 178–193.
Published: 01 May 2010
... other hand, theorizes not the event but the drive to theorize the event—including the event of femininity—to make it precisely some thing , a symptom. But, as Lacan emphasized, the facts miss the point, and naming things is not the same as being able to articulate “the thing” of lack, the real of...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 May 2011
... “subject effect” and the “shame effect.” What links these different effects, the author argues, is that in every case the effect is closely tied to a process of naming or stepping forth— what is here called “instantiation.” A theoretical account of instantiation is therefore necessary if we are to...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 17–63.
Published: 01 May 2011
... of assertions of Western superiority; and justifications of international intervention and transnational governance in the name of women's rights, including by feminists. This essay has benefited from the contributions of many: students in my courses at Columbia University and the faculty...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 111–145.
Published: 01 May 2011
... article approaches these questions from an unusual angle, focusing on the passing of competition and antitrust laws and the establishment of a Competition Authority in Turkey alongside the story of a fictional institute called The Clock Setting Institute in Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's novel of the same name...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 146–171.
Published: 01 May 2011
... proximate to the site to which the information referred. This article argues that if “archive” is the name we give to the power to make and command what took place here or there, in this or that place, and thus what has an authoritative place in the contemporary organization of social life, the postcolonial...