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differences (2015) 26 (1): 141–167.
Published: 01 May 2015
... is what I call throughout this essay the black normal . The black normal, that is, refers to the constellation of narratives, images, and state discourses that tie black freedom to the nation-to-empire-building project through images and imaginaries of everyday black empowerment within state institutions...
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differences (2001) 12 (2): 47–69.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Horeb: Perishable, 1970 . ———. A Dark Octave . Durham: Burning Deck, 1967 . lynn keller “Just one of / the girls:— / normal in the extreme”: Experimentalists-To-Be Starting Out in the 1960s...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 May 2015
... for queer inquiry, but to channel some of the field’s energies toward analyzing the critical authority it now wields. This entails promoting scholarship that not only rethinks the meaning of norms, normalization, and the normal but that also imagines new ways to approach the politics of queer criticism...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 26–47.
Published: 01 May 2015
... that queer theory’s conventional commitments to antinormativity need to be reconsidered. As part of that project, this essay traces the elaboration of the norm in Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble , reading it against what is often taken as its inspiration, Michel Foucault’s understanding of normalization...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 42–73.
Published: 01 December 2012
...; and that of Mrs. B, a woman who suffers from amnesia and wears a camera in the hope of leading a normal life in which she can share the past with loved ones. The author discusses how new recording technologies are both a symptom of, and a cure for, anxieties about time, arguing that prototypical recording...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of 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 (2016) 27 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 May 2016
...” and “Beauty”) in light of Walter Benjamin’s insight that the significance of Baudelaire’s poetry is linked to the way sexuality becomes severed from normal and normative forms of love. Following Benjamin, the essay argues that Baudelaire appeals to beauty to undo the damage done by the so-called natural order...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 96–116.
Published: 01 May 2015
... necessarily dictating it), then the peculiar identity and ubiquity of a norm is neither restricted nor prohibited. In sum, what is normal about a norm? This essay explores power’s intransitivity, its “self-possession,” by interrogating the way that cultural analysis routinely assumes that the workings...
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differences (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 one's own...
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differences (2011) 22 (2-3): 140–167.
Published: 01 December 2011
... a visual origin or point of reference. The inherent uncanniness of the voice—whether it be the dog’s absent master, man’s distant lover, or woman’s internalized other—is normalized by digital technologies such as MP3 compression. Depending on the conditions of production, distribution, and reception...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 69–93.
Published: 01 September 2021
... to establish forms of equivalence between the power of the mistress and that of the master. Because this normalization of white women’s power nonetheless relies on standards of historiographical interpretation—the predominance of political economy, the imperatives of affect and agency—it does not sufficiently...
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differences (2020) 31 (2): 115–151.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Jake Silver This article explores the shape of queer sexual habits and gendered forms of desire along the Jerusalem light rail, a route whose role in normalizing Israeli occupation and colonialism has been hotly contested during its construction and since its opening in 2011. Analyzing how...
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differences (1995) 7 (3): 24–49.
Published: 01 November 1995
... reale kleine Penis des Weibes, die Klitoris. (GW 317) In conclusion we may say that the normal prototype ojjetishes is a man's penis, just as the normal prototype ojinjerior organs is a woman's real small penis, the clitoris. (SE 157) The normal prototype ojalljetishes is the penis ojthe man, just...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 74–95.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of deviance studied homosexuality alongside prostitution, delinquency, addiction, disability, and other forms of social marginality. While such a grouping might be seen as pathologizing, these researchers aimed to normalize homosexuality along with a broad range of nonconforming behaviors. Questioning...
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differences (1995) 7 (1): 48–74.
Published: 01 April 1995
... is the following fact. By definition, "minority" in this sense, be it associated or not with a status of juridical minority, was considered an exceptional phenomenon. More precisely, it was a normalized exception. Nineteenth-century nationalism and nation-building politics had led to a double-edged situation...
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differences (1996) 8 (2): 68–100.
Published: 01 July 1996
..., illuminating the ways in which normative heterosexuality and female normalization contribute to them. We can thus see the stalker figure in these narratives as a way of solving a rather pressing problem of agency: how to articulate, or theorize, the social control of women while still accounting for female...
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differences (1994) 6 (2-3): 100–125.
Published: 01 July 1994
... of Foucault are responsible, in part, for an overly sociological and negative view of gender, identity, even interiority as traps and prisons.2 Having accepted the claim that interiorities and core gender identities are effects of normalizing, disciplinary mechanisms, many queer theorists seem to think...
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differences (1998) 10 (1): 209–242.
Published: 01 April 1998
... the perversions to show that the drive has no preordained aim like "sexual union." According to Freud's trajectory of the drives, perversion and inversion (homosexuality) are constitutive of "normal sexuality," which is only achieved via a laborious, treacherous, traumatic, intersubjective, social process...
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differences (1991) 3 (3): 45–68.
Published: 01 November 1991
... the essence of "femaleness," delineating in some detail the character of the "normal" and the "unnatural" woman and cataloguing the hallmarks of sexual difference. In fact, women constituted a declining percentage of those arrested for crimes over the course of the nineteenth century, and, by the closing...
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differences (1998) 10 (3): 159–184.
Published: 01 November 1998
... of impossible mourning in Memoires, Derrida makes reference to how the "'normal' 'work of mourning' has often been described" since Freud: in terms of"memory and interiorization": It entails a movement in which an interiorizing idealization takes in itself or upon itself the body and voice of the other...