â€˜As Nobody I was Sovereignâ€™: Reading Derrida Reading Blanchot
In Session 7 (26 February 2003) of The Beast and the Sovereign , Volume II, Jacques Derrida engages again with Maurice Blanchot, two days after the latterâ€™s cremation. This intervention also appears as a post-face to Derridaâ€™s 2003 edition of Parages , his collection of essays devoted to the work of Blanchot. In this article, I examine Derridaâ€™s affinity to the work of Blanchot, as the one whose work â€˜stood watch over and around what matters to me, for a long time behind me and forever still before meâ€™ [ The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume II , p. 176]. In doing so I look at the manner in which Derrida engaged with Blanchot in his work and how in examining this engagement another reading of sovereignty emerges, one which is not tethered to liberal models of sovereign will but one which eludes biopolitical ordering and may be seen as a form of disappearance. Through a reading of Derridaâ€™s readings of Blanchotâ€™s The Madness of the Day I emphasize the link of this alternative sovereignty to both writing and literature in order to demonstrate how a more radical thinking of sovereignty can be discovered in Derridaâ€™s thought.
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