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differences (1990) 2 (1): 186–205.
Published: 01 April 1990
... . Day Geoffrey . From Fiction to the Novel . London : Routledge , 1987 . Dover K.J. Greek Homosexuality . London : Duckworth , 1978 . Foucault Michel . Le souci de soi . Paris : Gallimard , 1984 . Vol. 2 of Histoire de la sexualité. 3 vols. 1976-84...
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differences (2017) 28 (1): 37–63.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Frances Ferguson “The Novel Comes of Age” aims to discuss the importance of conversation as Anna Laetitia Barbauld instantiates it in her Lessons for Children and Hymns in Prose for Children and in Evenings at Home , which she and her brother John Aikin jointly authored. As Barbauld lays out her...
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differences (2020) 31 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2020
... in Freud’s late “novel” engage the modernist project on the eve of its own demise. Ultimately, what these moments of excess in Moses reveal is that at modernism’s end, it cannot get beyond the problem of always having already been too late. Second, if belatedness is thematically central to Moses...
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differences (1996) 8 (2): 68–100.
Published: 01 July 1996
.... Jaggar Alison M. and Bordo Susan R. . New Brunswick : Rutgers UP , 1989 . 13 – 33 . Bouson J. Brooks . Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood . Amherst : U of Massachusetts P , 1993 . Butler Judith . Bodies...
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differences (2019) 30 (3): 1–33.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Thangam Ravindranathan This essay is a speculative reflection on literary fiction’s—and notably the contemporary French novel’s—ability to register the effects of climate change. The first half engages with Amitav Ghosh’s thinking on this question in his 2016 book The Great Derangement: Climate...
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differences (2018) 29 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Nancy Armstrong During the 1840s, British novels suddenly abandoned the country manor house and advocated a greatly diminished, single-family household as the only way of life that was necessary, natural, desirable, and morally right. Insofar as they indicated that the unpaid labor of a wife...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 122–160.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Erin A. Spampinato This essay identifies what the author terms “adjudicative reading,” a tendency in literary criticism to read novels depicting sexual violence as if in a court of law. Adjudicative reading tracks characters’ motivations and the physical outcomes of their actions as if novels can...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 59–89.
Published: 01 December 2008
... that the essay draws out in the novel with the help of Derrida's meditations on religion and Nancy's revision of dialectical reason. The “house” of identity, the essay argues, is for Robinson less an enclosure than “a way of going outside” that reveals the negative ground of every determined or external...
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differences (2014) 25 (2): 33–61.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Naomi Morgenstern Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel, The Road , depicts a decidedly masculine subject contemplating a death that is simultaneously imagined as , and as taking place at , the end of the world. As such, the novel invites its dismissal as an extravagantly solipsistic elegy for patriarchy...
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differences (2020) 31 (3): 91–116.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Mikkel Krause Frantzen This article reads William Gaddis’s 1975 novel J R as a way of probing the relation between finance and fiction in the 1970s, showing that the novel is related to the revolution of the junk bond market in the 1970s and 1980s, as personified by the junk bond king, Michael...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 244–251.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Michael Lucey In Thoughts and Things , Bersani juxtaposes Jean Genet’s novel, Our Lady of the Flowers with some of Pierre Bourdieu’s thinking about how naming works. Bersani finds in Genet’s novel a moment of unnamability that is, for him, a challenge to the legitimating naming power of the state...
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differences (2011) 22 (1): 111–145.
Published: 01 May 2011
...? This 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 (2012) 23 (1): 32–61.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud This essay describes how women’s genitalia came to be symbolized in the hybrid beast-woman form of the “octopussy,” tracking its origins to Victor Hugo’s novel, Les travailleurs de la mer (1866). Highlighting the centrality and sensationalism of an octopus attack on a sailor...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 267–275.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Forest Pyle A radical identification predicated on unlikeness: this is how Leo Bersani understands the singular mode of desiring that Emily Brontë invents in her incomparable novel. With Catherine and Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights offers new “forms of being,” untethered to the world (of society...
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differences (2023) 34 (2): 1–26.
Published: 01 September 2023
.... Through the performances of Bob Flanagan, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s 1882 novel Doctor Zay, the 1991 film Misery and its source novel, and Maria Beatty’s 2009 film Bandaged , sadomedicine is situated as an engagement with symptoms that delights in surfaces but that might also exacerbate symptoms, introduce...
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differences (2017) 28 (3): 19–43.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Miglena Nikolchina This study addresses the mystery of why sophisticated video game technology, set between chronological incompatibility and the interface of history and myth in the modernist novel, between the medieval quest and the Bildungsroman, has accrued so many truly archaic features...
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differences (2011) 22 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 May 2011
...” (Foucault), the “society effect” (Althusser), the “knowledge effect” (Althusser), and the “state effect” (Mitchell). Through a reading of Georg Lukács's essay “The Moment and Form” and J. M. Coetzee's novel Diary of a Bad Year , the article introduces two further effects to be placed alongside...
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differences (2015) 26 (1): 141–167.
Published: 01 May 2015
... with Jesmyn Ward’s 2011 novel Salvage the Bones , as a narrative modality that exposes the limits of queer antinormativity in contemporary queer and feminist theories. Given how black women’s sexuality serves as a resource for both premature death and surplus life, attention to its complex and contradictory...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 126–138.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Mary Beth Mader This commentary opens with an exposition of Alison Stone's novel reading of Irigaray's philosophy of sexual difference. This reading proposes that Irigaray's philosophy of sexual difference is a realist essentialism that reposes upon a general ontology of natural rhythm whose...
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differences (2010) 21 (2): 24–45.
Published: 01 September 2010
...; but to the extent that Stone maintains the primacy of sexual duality, her revision fails to address the claims of multiplicity on their own terms. In this paper, I interpret a passage from Marcel Proust's novel, Sodom and Gomorrah , in order to develop an alternative theory of sexual difference in which sexual...