Pike, D. (2009). “Sovereignty and the Work of Death”: Writing from Zimbabwe. The 3rd annual conference of The Australasian Association for Literature.
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.
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