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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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Law, “Life/Living,” Language

Law, “Life/Living,” Language

(p.63) Three Law, “Life/Living,” Language

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter covers the question of power as “biopower” and the commitment to its neutralization through non-sovereign silence. According to Jacques Derrida’s Literature in Secret, in order to probe the secret of literary silence it is important to discover the inconsistency of a certain iconoclastic fidelity to tradition and prestige, where modernism’s commitment nurtures literary silence and links the structure and demands of sovereignty. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the relation between the silence of humAnimal to politico-theological sovereignty and law, focusing on the structure of the interrelation of juridical law and language, and the conception of the limits of the law.

Keywords:   politico-theological sovereignty, biopower, non-sovereign silence, Jacques Derrida, Literature in Secret, literary silence, humAnimal

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