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differences (1 December 2013) 24 (3): 36–62.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Lee Edelman. The author claims that it is through a deradicalizing (or rather depsychoanalyzing) of the negative that the idea of a queer archive loses its way. The implications of the negative on queer theory and politics are brought up through analysis of an art exhibition featuring internationally...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 276–299.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Caroline Bassett Antinoise is a technical term for various noise-canceling technologies and a label applied to human antinoise campaigners. But antinoise connects rather than divides human and machines; antinoise techniques are completed in the ear, while human-initiated antinoise actions and...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 156–176.
Published: 01 May 2014
...David Golumbia In 2003, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak published Death of a Discipline , an exhortation to create “an inclusive comparative literature,” one that “takes the languages of the Southern Hemisphere as active cultural media rather than as objects of cultural study.” To many literary scholars...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 161–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... elsewhere to places “not there”—to the exclusions or excessive remainders that haunt thought. This interpretation of difference is brought to bear on the work of Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit, where sameness is posited as an extension into (rather than a retreat from) otherness. The essay concludes with a...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 209–217.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Elizabeth Weed “Reading for Pleasure” suggests a way of drawing the line between what is and what is not theory today. Following Roland Barthes, the author uses her own reading pleasure as a gauge, taking pleasure to be idiosyncratic rather than subjective. Assuming that all types of criticism are...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 64–89.
Published: 01 May 2011
... articulation of more radical political and economic demands. After demonstrating the double binds of the specific rights claims available to Bulgarian Turkish migrants in Turkey, the article concludes by pondering the possibilities for an alternative, incipient discourse of rights that takes labor rather than...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 90–110.
Published: 01 May 2011
... testimony given in a case of attempted parent-child suicide by a Sikh immigrant. Rather than position the immigrant as the disorderly and strange bearer of archaic traditions, this article argues for greater recognition of the role of racism, state policies, and material concerns in shaping immigrants...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 119–160.
Published: 01 December 2012
... framework of “agential realism” and Jacques Derrida’s ghostly logic of time, proposing that all measurements are haunted and that scientific activities, reconfigured as intra-active work, constitute time, rather than accumulating knowledge in time. At stake in such a deconstruction of the scientific “arrow...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 161–196.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Eva Hayward This essay combines impressions of the Drifters exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with reflections on how one might approach an encounter with a being whose ways of knowing and sensing challenge anthrocentric logics. Rather than view the immersive exhibit’s jellyfishes as part of a...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... temptation to make the poststructuralist move of positing culture as the origin of nature, which would grant culture the primary status that nature has historically held, Kirby bypasses arguments over whether matter is out in the world or a product of language by expanding what counts as language. Rather...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 172–228.
Published: 01 May 2011
... class and ethnic groups in Turkey, tending to focus attention, rather, on an essentialized “Kurdish” or “Eastern” culture as the main dynamic behind honor crimes. Blame for the practice is attributed to the intractable customs of backward peoples, customs that are disconnected from discussions of...
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differences (1 December 2017) 28 (3): 67–92.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Cesare Casarino This essay argues that the time of domestic labor played a pivotal role in Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of the cinema and, in particular, in his theorization of the cinema as medium of expression (rather than as medium of representation only) and as expression of time. This argument...
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differences (1 September 2018) 29 (2): 191–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
... breeding farms, unspeakable, unspoken acts of sexual violence, and suspiciously light-skinned household bodies counted as inventory rather than progeny, the essay addresses how this legacy of fear and loathing, of “in-law” and “outlaw” family lingers today, codified in and by our language as who gets to be...
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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 2014) 25 (3): 1–13.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Peggy Kamuf Taking an improbable caracol or snail as a guide to thinking about translation, this essay ponders the sensation of tongues touching and entwining, like hermaphroditic mollusks making love. Advancing in successive whorls, rather than along the straight line of argument, it touches on...
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differences (1 December 2014) 25 (3): 14–58.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Hegel does not translate a canonical text from the Western tradition, but rather strives to translate a theological-philosophical language that does not yet exist. In this orientation toward a language that is not yet, his first major philosophical work—and translation project—is oracular in ways that...
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differences (1 November 2015) 26 (3): 107–115.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Bruce Robbins This essay argues that Étienne Balibar, in his essay on Althusser’s dramaturgy, uses the analogy between ideology and theatrical performance to defend the significance of politics as a performance that is anything but free—that is, rather, informed and invested with meaning by its...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 62–78.
Published: 01 September 2016
... implications for futurity in the sense of what is to come in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies? Does gender , in effect, confirm the mischaracterization, repeated obsessively in the u.s. academy especially, of women’s studies as an identity formation rather than as a field that questions the...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 153–177.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Elizabeth Weed The essay asks what current thinking about gender has to do with the rather widespread claims that critique is finally dead. In posing that question, it asks what gender and a putatively exhausted critique have to do with the logic of capital as it appears to us in these times. If...
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differences (1 December 2016) 27 (3): 132–144.
Published: 01 December 2016
... maintained between the moral and the ethical. The failure to maintain this distinction has led to a mistaken repudiation of both the moral and the ethical. Rather than jettisoning both, Huffer argues that queer theory needs the ethical. Proposing potential elements for a queer ethics, she returns to...