(State) Authority and Immigrant Life in Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game
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This paper offers a reading of Rawi Hage’s novel De Niro’s Game (2008) as engag- ing with the questions of immigration, displacement and the role of authority in the production and maintenance of the national space. Drawing on the theoretical work by Etienne Balibar, Wendy Brown and Judith Butler, I argue that territorial thinking underlies not only nationalist interpellations (it is in fact necessary for interpellation to take place) but also humanitarian actions and sentiments which turn out to be propelled – against all odds – by a similar kind of logic that underlies national authority.
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