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differences (1 May 2012) 23 (1): 32–61.
Published: 01 May 2012
... cultural appropriation of the octopus following the novel’s publication. The French word for octopus came to denote a sexually assertive and economically ambitious woman who traded upon her erotic charms. The emergence of this social type derived its aesthetic power from channeling contemporary anxieties...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 168–187.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Elizabeth A. Povinelli This essay examines the relevance of the concept of biopower and its four seminal figures (the hysterical woman, the Malthusian couple, the masturbating child, and the perverse adult) to our understanding of current formations of late liberal power. Through the example of a...
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differences (1 May 2015) 26 (1): 96–116.
Published: 01 May 2015
... causal origin cannot be determined, should the conscious strategies of antinormativity be understood as interventions that hail from outside these norms or as expressions of power’s internal and perverse machinations? If norms are considered the genetics of power that inform all of social life (without...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 109–141.
Published: 01 September 2010
... was a key component of Romantic reimaginings of language as a productive force. While the native informant guarantees the referential truth of colonial discourse, this essay details the simultaneous emergence of a figure termed the ``native performant,'' who dramatizes the performative power of...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 179–193.
Published: 01 December 2009
... individuation intended as a critique of teleology. The question of individuation is thus referred to its ontological roots in the conflict between Aristotelian metaphysics (priority of act over power [ potentia ] and of final cause over efficient and material causes) and Spinozist metaphysics (power [ potentia...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 48–62.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Avital Ronell Exploring the cobelonging of the philosophical and the political, this essay reflects on the question of authority. Plato more or less invented authority when he sought to establish a reliable force that would intercede between power and persuasion. Rhetorical persuasion had failed...
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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 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...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 126–153.
Published: 01 September 2018
... urges black women to embrace their power and desirability in American society. At the same time, the literature reveals a nostalgic desire for a world where men were providers, women could afford to be the weaker sex, and traditional marriage could be a path to both personal and group advancement...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2019
..., always already shaped by (gendered, racialized, classed, sexual) power. This fiction of mutuality emphasizes the importance of the individual rather than structures of power, strengthening the logic of “he said, she said” in the aftermath of violence and once again leaving redress for harm largely out of...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 53–72.
Published: 01 December 2010
... Novalis and instead devolves into an almost inane redundancy, while the proximity of Gothic and Romanticism in Byron's Manfred shows the dependence of the invocative power of language on the “other.” The figure of tolling bell in Keats, Poe, and Shelley shows the movement back and forth between repetition...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
... mediating power, while conceding that it moves in a field not of its own making. Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2010 ellen rooney is Chair and Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and coeditor of differences . She is the editor of...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 90–125.
Published: 01 December 2008
... the feminine—through the appropriation of feminine capacities and qualities for themselves. This appropriation ultimately expresses these men's fear of the erosion of male power and the coherence of distinct gender categories that I call a “queer fear of the feminine.” However, this is neither a sign...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 1–23.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Kari Weil Theory has gone to the birds . . . and to apes, dogs, and horses. The recent explosion of writing and teaching on animals has recharged those questions of identity and difference, of power and its effects that have embroiled academic theory over the past quarter century. Even trauma...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2013
... synthetic reading of Karl Marx's analysis of capital, labor-power, and commodity fetishism; Spinozian monism; Lacanian psychoanalysis; Claude Lévi-Strauss's analysis of the incest prohibition and the relation between nature and culture; Georges Bataille's theory of religion; and Étienne Balibar's...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 71–112.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of sex work, at this moment? Concluding with contemporary examples from the 1990s and 2000s, the author investigates ongoing questions of privilege, power, and social worth in artistic projects regarding sex work. I tested out some initial ideas on this subject at the 2006 College Art...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 165–174.
Published: 01 September 2012
... mobilizing certain “outmoded” feminist theoretical questions for the power of the productive disturbances they can create in the interpretation of sources—in a field that takes the past as its subject but has come, increasingly, to denigrate the past of its own conceptual possibilities in its present-day...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 168–189.
Published: 01 December 2011
... kind of political reading of whispering, one that emphasizes its disciplinary power in raising questions about our capacity to think the specificity of sound. Thus this essay seeks not only to listen carefully to a sound problem but to bring such listening to bear on what might be called the “sonic...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 130–149.
Published: 01 September 2013
... questions of allegiance to the fallen Ming or the foreign Qing, the intersection between fungible currency and the gendered body emerged as a primary locus of elite male experimentation, in life and in literature, with the seemingly boundless possibilities of novelty and the purchasing power of silver...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 1–22.
Published: 01 November 2015
... discussion of theater as politics to the conceptualization of politics as theater . In the middle lies an enigmatic possibility of actively dislodging the voice of power from its concealed place of enunciation. © 2015 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2015 This...