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differences (1 May 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 of...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Karen Barad This essay explores the act of touching as it takes place in physical matter, in theorizing, and in the productive spaces where the two are indistinguishable. First, the author considers how feminist theory goes about touching science and unpacks touch as an act that reveals the self...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 54–72.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Warren Montag Is Spinoza a theoretician of self-interest? Historians of philosophy have arrived at diametrically opposed answers to this question. His introduction of the term conatus , meaning endeavor or striving, in part 3 of the Ethics , together with his assertion that when human beings most...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 42–73.
Published: 01 December 2012
... or the creation of timelines and lifelines, these researchers want to help individuals achieve comprehensive memories, which they hope will lead to greater self-understanding and, ultimately, to greater self-management. In doing so, these memories are made to matter, they are made material, and as...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 73–102.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Brady Thomas Heiner Among the principal demands of contemporary political theory and practice is to determine habitable alternatives to (1) the violent and falsely two-sided dynamic of sovereignty and (2) the modern equation of the unitary, self-governing entity with the human itself. This essay...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2013
... differentiation of state capitalism as the era of ideology and market capitalism as the era of commodity fetishism, this new theory argues that biopolitical mechanisms are organized around the transhistorical prohibition of self-referentiality—a prohibition that constitutes the very precondition for any society...
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differences (1 May 2012) 23 (1): 62–100.
Published: 01 May 2012
... social order and the limits of knowledge. Through analyses of eighteenth- and twenty-first-century cultural texts, she posits that this new cultural discourse, germane to free-market capitalism, is best understood as epistemically governed by the affective concept of a “headless” feeling soma self...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 74–93.
Published: 01 May 2010
... hypersensitivity to this issue, which has resulted in a proliferation of suggested translations and discussions up to and beyond Derrida. The second aspect becomes manifest in the transformation the translation undergoes from Kojève to his self-professed disciple, Lacan. Kojève's “taking down” becomes “raising...
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differences (1 May 2018) 29 (1): 66–101.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Salvatore F. Guido In 1923, Freud initiated a debate with the pacifist, mystic, and Nobel laureate Romain Rolland, to whom he revealed that he felt a “mysterious attraction.” Their correspondence, which culminated in Freud’s remarkable piece of self-analysis “A Disturbance of Memory on the...
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differences (1 May 2019) 30 (1): 100–118.
Published: 01 May 2019
... sadomasochistic blur of sexuality and violence. In effect, she sets up an s/m scene of and for feminism. The self-flagellating reading pleasures of MacKinnon unsettle the relation between her dismissal of lesbian sadomasochism and her own s/m textuality. This is not to say that her argument is flawed; on the...
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differences (1 September 2015) 26 (2): 121–131.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Ariella Azoulay More than once Arendt denied being a public figure and added that she did not entertain any “ambition to become one.” This poses a challenge to any filmmaker seeking to portray her character, as Margarethe von Trotta found when she contradicted Arendt’s self-perception to inquire...
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differences (1 May 2017) 28 (1): 64–93.
Published: 01 May 2017
... self’s dispossession in Beckett’s later writings. © 2017 by Brown University and differences : A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2017 Samuel Beckett “Dante and the Lobster” Belacqua lobster animal homonymy bad object I seem to speak, it is not I, about me, it is not about me...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 59–89.
Published: 01 December 2008
... difference. “Keeping” house, then, is figured in leaving it, at a formal level of indistinction between inside and outside. At this level, the novel suggests a model for thinking agency, or decision, predicated on the uncertainty of identification and the need for self-critical reflection on the thetic...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 90–125.
Published: 01 December 2008
...C. Heike Schotten This article examines the scholarly preoccupation with the hypothesis that Nietzsche was gay by offering a reading of Nietzsche's texts as autobiographical that puts them in conversation with Euripides's drama The Bacchae . Drawing a number of parallels between Nietzsche, self...
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differences (1 December 2008) 19 (3): 139–149.
Published: 01 December 2008
... in them. In the light of a staged encounter between Butler and Irigaray, Stone widens the conceptual space within Butler's project, into which she drops an alternative, reconfiguring understanding of Butler's work as requiring an absent concept: original, multiple, self-differentiating nature. She...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 24–45.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Lisa Guenther Irigaray's early work seeks to multiply possibilities for women's self-expression by recovering a sexual difference in which male and female are neither the same nor opposites, but irreducibly different modes of embodiment. In her more recent work, however, Irigaray has emphasized the...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 104–136.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Pooja Rangan This essay critically examines humanitarian efforts to rehabilitate captive and working animals as producers of art—a practice recently and controversially popularized by viral videos of former draft elephants in Thai tourist camps painting self-portraits for sale. Positioning these...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 46–63.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Matthew Kirschenbaum Taking as self-evident that the “dark side” under discussion is a discursive construct of the digital humanities rather than “actually existing projects” (a clarifying phrase taken from Rita Raley’s post- mla comments), this essay suggests that the construct is too often...
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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 64–78.
Published: 01 May 2014
... perhaps most critically, how the field will be shaped in the years to come. This article engages with two current conversations and considers the politics and possibilities of a DH project that builds a sustainable practice of a self in academia and a lifeline to others as a way of imagining a collective...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 109–129.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Yu Shiling Accounts of premodern Chinese women focus on paragons of virtue and self-control who are defined by their ability to meet strict standards of chaste behavior, although in recent decades this picture has been complicated somewhat by studies of talented women writers and teachers. But...