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differences (2023) 34 (1): 14–19.
Published: 01 May 2023
...John David Rhodes This essay considers Bersani and Dutoit’s alignment of passivity and the aesthetic in “Merde Alors,” their essay on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Salò . Passivity is a key strategy for the production of works of art and is key to understanding the mode of the aesthetic itself...
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differences (2018) 29 (3): 137–154.
Published: 01 December 2018
... ignores plants’ violent impotentiality and thus reduces plant life to mere passive, hospitable nature. To avoid this reduction (a violence of theory), this essay argues that an “auto-reject” position might be a better approach for a more veritable “critical plant studies.” © 2018 by Brown University...
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differences (2013) 24 (1): 104–136.
Published: 01 May 2013
... devices, to steel) within animal environments to obtain indexical inscriptions from animal collaborators. This essay argues that the radically passive orientation of these collaborative artworks puts into practice Roger Caillois's psychasthenic theory of animal mimicry, which employs minoritarian modes...
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differences (2020) 31 (1): 1–35.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Kenneth Berger This essay reassesses the concept of spectacle and argues for aesthetic refusal as a key strategy for contesting spectacle’s expanding hold on everyday existence. Against the view that spectacle renders the individual passive, the essay asserts instead that spectacle develops...
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differences (1991) 3 (2): 75–100.
Published: 01 July 1991
...)sexuality" (123-24). Unlike the European-American system, the Mexican/Latin-American sexual system is based on a configuration of gender/sex/power that is articulated along the active/passive axis and organized through the scripted sexual role one plays.3 It highlights sexual aim - the act one wants...
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differences (2022) 33 (1): 92–118.
Published: 01 May 2022
... to kiss him, paralleled by the men of the festival ogling and flattering Chloe (2.2). 24 Freud makes special note of the reversibility between innate active and passive positions in this childhood stage, wherein the child wishes to perform on the other that which another has performed upon them...
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differences (2014) 25 (3): 123–143.
Published: 01 December 2014
.... Rojcewicz R. Schuwer A. Dordrecht : Kluwer , 1993 . Kant Immanuel . Critique of Pure Reason . Trans. Pluhar Werner S. Indianapolis : Hackett , 1996 . Kuhn Rolf Michael Staudigl . “ Passivity as Pre-predicative Constitution in Husserl: Structure and Discussion...
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differences (2008) 19 (3): 150–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
... that no embryo or fetus has. Merleau-Ponty understands the flesh of the world in terms of active/passive, touching/touched reversibility (differ- ent variations of which obtain within each body-subject, between subjects, and between subjects...
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differences (2003) 14 (1): 22–52.
Published: 01 May 2003
... and physiologist had diminished, passion continued to be the meeting ground of body and soul; the point where the latter’s activity makes contact with the former’s passivity, each being a limit imposed upon...
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differences (1991) 3 (3): 69–93.
Published: 01 November 1991
... or the other, one or the other part predominates: in the female it is necessarily the passivity [das Indifjerente] , in the male, the duality [das Entzweite] of opposition" (Nature 412-13). This is not a homology of equity. Hegelian opposition here requires a passive and an active dichotomy. This anatomical...
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differences (2006) 17 (3): 129–150.
Published: 01 December 2006
..., Understatement, and the Passive Voice: A Genealogy of African-American Poetry.” Feminist 91 -101. ____. The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Race, and Gender . Cambridge, ma: Harvard up, 1998 . ____. “Gender and Poetry: Charles Baudelaire and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.” Feminist...
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differences (1990) 2 (1): 67–87.
Published: 01 April 1990
... It was generally acceptable for a member of a less powerful group to submit to penetration by a member of a more powerful one, but not vice versa. d fferences 73 Martial titillated his audience by speculating on the possibility of "passive"19 sexual behavior on the part of well-known Roman citizens, and a number...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 1–8.
Published: 01 December 2012
... philosophers at least since Kant have identified with human time consciousness) is here disturbed by an imperceptible passivity, enabling and enabled by affectivity. “We are subjects precisely because we are ‘out-of-phase’ with ourselves...
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differences (2023) 34 (1): 104–112.
Published: 01 May 2023
... into the statement above and, by extension, into Bersani’s methodology and ontology, we might sidestep that which fascinates the “I” of the sentence—ignore, for the moment, “the ruthlessly exclusionary nature of sexual desire”—and instead explore the passive action taking place: the (lifelong?) experience of being...
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differences (1990) 2 (1): 186–205.
Published: 01 April 1990
..., sometimes in language that is all but identical. Correspondingly, the novels eschew episodes in which the hero intervenes actively to save the heroine. There are no scenes in which the valiant lover comes to the rescue of his lady in distress. Sometimes, indeed, the apparent passivity of the male...
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differences (1991) 3 (2): 39–54.
Published: 01 July 1991
... the homosexual son, accept symbolic castration in order to take on the "feminine" position and adopt a passive sexual role in relation to his father. Unlike either the heterosexual or the homosexual, the fetishist wants to have his cake and eat it: he is not prepared to "pay" for his desire by facing the Oedipal...
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differences (2007) 18 (2): 24–71.
Published: 01 September 2007
... resistance on the part of women and men to such a biological difference: penis envy in women and a passive, feminine attitude in men point to a fundamental disorder in the psychic life of humans, forcing the analyst...
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differences (2001) 12 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 May 2001
... to the other—a movement from the active, conscious thought of the Said back into the passive, unconscious sensuality of the Saying. For Lévinas, the subject of jouissance exists prior to the subject of suffering, and ethicity lies...
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differences (1992) 4 (1): 76–83.
Published: 01 April 1992
... and penis will be simultaneously involved in coitus through the action of sucking, with the mother's vagina sucking the father's penis. Both breast and penis are active while the mucous membrane of the mouth is passive. In the anal-sadistic phase the penis is the equivalent of the feces and so the d...
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differences (1990) 2 (2): 105–125.
Published: 01 July 1990
... are the passive recipients ofthat visual assault. Here again there is no interpretive leeway between the representation, its meanings, and its effects; they are given together, in one stroke as it were - as an instantaneous teleology for which there is no alternative. And yet, if this were true, there could...