In The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty, Eric Santner anatomizes the fleshly remainders that incorporate the seemingly disjointed regimes of royal and popular sovereignty. Focusing on what Foucault calls the “strange material and physical presence of the King” as it uncannily animates the body politic, Santner’s analysis offers a bold new account of biopolitics, a strategic plea for psychoanalysis, and riveting readings of modern aesthetics.
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In Walled States, Waning Sovereignty, Wendy Brown considers walling movements as iconographic of sovereign predicaments in the post-Westphalian age. “If walls do not actually accomplish the interdiction fueling and legitimating them,” she writes, “if they perversely institutionalize the contested and degraded status of the boundaries they limn, they nevertheless stage both sovereign jurisdiction and an aura of sovereign power and awe. Walls thus bear the irony of being mute, material and prosaic, yet potentially generative of theological awe largely unrelated to their quotidian functions or failures.”
Join InterCcECT for a discussion of these ironies next week. Tuesday 23 August, 4pm. Contact us for directions.