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"Everywhere Felt and Nowhere Seen": Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and the "Sovereign Paradox"
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This paper argues that Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart reflects what Giorgio Agamben refers to as the "sovereign paradox" on two levels: first—as reflected by the subject of the novel—on the juridico-political level, and second, on the level of the language and structure of the novel itself. The relationship between these two levels is made clear by Agamben, who uses language as the prime example of the "sovereign paradox" implicit to the juridical order. "Language," he writes, "is thedoi:10.20919/exs.5.2014.179 fatcat:ycmdtgslsjdf3d37bvvo7vupbm