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Social Text (1 September 2016) 34 (3 (128)): 105–125.
Published: 01 September 2016
... revelations in the unmarked pages. In 2013, when I interviewed him about his personal copy, he said he was grateful for that early loss, that his habit of notation had obscured his ability to read. In fact, since then Harvey has made a point of replacing his copy of the book when the annotations become...
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Social Text (1 March 2016) 34 (1 (126)): 49–71.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Nicholas Mirzoeff Based on a full reading of the transcript of the grand jury hearings concerning the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August 2014, this article uses the transcript as an archive to demonstrate how the informal systems of racial hierarchy in the United States...
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Social Text (1 September 2012) 30 (3 (112)): 77–95.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Amber Jamilla Musser This essay reads Frantz Fanon and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari together based on their critiques of an Oedipal model of kinship. Though they have divergent reasons for rejecting this structure, merging these discourses brings into relief their overlapping interest in non...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., grounded in contemporary queer and minoritarian, in particular African American, critique. I call the methodology of this return “promiscuous reading.” Copyright © 2017 Duke University Press 2017 toxic archive ninteenth century biopolitics race In this article I theorize the deployment...
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Social Text (1 December 2008) 26 (4 (97)): 31–50.
Published: 01 December 2008
... Distrcit B13 and Casino Royale . © 2008 Duke University Press 2008 Light Reading Public Utility, Urban Fiction, and Human Rights Michael D. Rubenstein “The body, enlightened by electricity, was not docile, but ecstatic.”  — James Delbourgo, A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders In the...
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Social Text (1 June 2009) 27 (2 (99)): 55–76.
Published: 01 June 2009
... shaped to accommodate to and justify a condensed and twisted late-capitalist economic logic. © 2009 Duke University Press 2009 The Labor Factor in the Creative Economy A Marxist Reading Laikwan Pang In the advent of the creative economy,1 creativity is turned into a tool for economic...
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Social Text (1 March 2004) 22 (1 (78)): 123–145.
Published: 01 March 2004
... Urdu ghazal . New Delhi:Manohar. Prakash, Gyan. 1999 . Another reason . Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Radway, Janice. 1984 . Reading the romance . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Rajagopal, Arvind. 2001 . Politics after television . Cambridge: Cambridge...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 17–40.
Published: 01 September 2017
... paranoid readings have only grown more complex in the post-Soviet era, as changing strategies of state power, a growing orientation toward the global market, and the increasing availability of digital technologies enable more open criticism of the state in art and render criticism itself suspect. Drawing...
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Social Text (1 December 2018) 36 (4 (137)): 81–110.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Erin Trapp This article provides a reading of the nonhuman world registered in Dunya Mikhail’s poem Diary of a Wave outside the Sea . While human rights poetry traditionally assembles a poetics of witnessing or mourning and focuses on the construction of the human person, this reading of Mikhail’s...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 49–68.
Published: 01 June 2013
... contradictions. Through readings of Kindred (a time-travel novel about slavery and its afterlife) and “Bloodchild” (a short story about interspecies surrogacy) it suggests how representation of reproductive slavery and surrogacy might yet provide critical awareness of and new responses to neoliberal rationality...
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Social Text (1 September 2016) 34 (3 (128)): 137–152.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jonathan Beller This fragment is drawn from The Message Is Murder , a work in progress that includes statistically discrepant readings of Jorge Luis Borges, Alan Turing, and Karl Marx, in addition to the engagements with Claude E. Shannon and Alfred Hitchcock present here. These readings are...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 19–33.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Britt Rusert This article uses a collection of African American women's friendship albums held at the Library Company of Philadelphia to reflect on scholarly resistance to reading disappointment, and negativity more generally, in the archives of black freedom. Rather than viewing these artifacts as...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 147–151.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Stefano Harney Michael Brown's article “Ideology and the Metaphysics of Content” ( ST 8, 1983) reminds us of what was at stake in the transition from ideology critique to cultural studies. Through an ethnomethodological close reading of the opening part of Marx's Capital , Brown teaches us that...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 1–19.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Eric Stanley This article examines forms of queer (non)sociality I call near life that are forced to exist, as nonexistence, outside the bounds of possessive humanism. Through a reading of the brutal murders and disarticulation of a number of trans/queer people, I suggest the legal category of...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Devil’s Highway (2004), Luis Alberto Urrea’s documentary narrative account of a failed border-crossing expedition in 2001 that killed fourteen migrants. I read Urrea’s narrative reconstruction of this event, a case that remains the single worst migrant death-event in Arizona border history, as...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 21–41.
Published: 01 March 2013
... world is grounded, especially as hip hop emerges through the transmutation of the state’s terroristic repression of black revolution in the 1960s and 1970s into the sexualized violence of the present prison industrial complex. Using a reading of Lil’ Wayne and his song “Mrs. Officer,” I argue that the...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
... sedimented forms of reading. We situate this intervention first in relation to long-standing debates within the humanities regarding Marxism, modernism, and the aesthetic, and second in relation to the recent “descriptive turn” or reaction against “symptomatic reading,” suggesting that it is difficult to...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 25–47.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Philippine Theater, a “drag” production marketed to tourist audiences as “the largest transvestite show in Asia.” The paper suggests that the Film Center can be read as a modern ruin: a spectral environment that elicits a lost sense of optimism and globalism, while inducing feelings of terror and dread by...
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Social Text (1 March 2015) 33 (1 (122)): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Catherine Fung This article cross-reads the 2005 trial of Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong American man who was convicted of murdering six Caucasian hunters in Wisconsin, with the 2008 film Gran Torino , a story of a Korean War veteran who mentors a Hmong American teenager. An examination of the trial...
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 67–94.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., address an individual, and demand to be reckoned with. By answering a hail, by entering the scripted scenario, the individual is interpellated into ideology and thus into subjecthood. I conduct close readings of scriptive things, including a photograph of a light-skinned woman posing in about 1930 with a...