This paper discusses the Zimbabwe situation through a study of contemporary writing from that country. Using the philosophy of sovereignty that has been passed down from Hegel to Bataille, I examine how contemporary African subjectivity is formed in conditions of political violence and economic flux. Following on from this, I make use of Agamben’s work on biopolitics, to suggest ways in which the wounded body can be approached and appraised through the written word.
Pike, D. (2009). “Sovereignty and the Work of Death”: Writing from Zimbabwe. Paper presented at the Australasian Association for Literature and Aesthetics Conference. University of Sydney, NSW: 6-7 July 2009.