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dc.contributor.authorVan Schalkwyk, Phil
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-22T07:58:03Z
dc.date.available2016-04-22T07:58:03Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationVan Schalkwyk, P. 2011. Homo sacer: Uitsondering en relasie in Eben Venter se Santa Gamka (2009). Stilet: Tydskrif Vir Die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging, 23(2):203-217. [http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/stilet]en_US
dc.identifier.issn1013-4573
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/17069
dc.description.abstractDrawing on Giorgio Agamben's views on homo sacer, it is argued in this article that Eben Venter's novel Santa Gamka (2009) could be read as an exploration of the state of sovereign exception - when the law is temporarily suspended for some specific purpose, quite often murderous. The protagonist, Lucky Marais, becomes homo sacer when he is forced into an oven and left there to burn to death, stripped of his judicial status and reduced to "bare life". Still building on Agamben, it is also shown how Lucky, the "escape artist", becomes exemplum, precisely because of his marginality and the complex notions of relationality which he embodies. Santa Gamka is a celebration of one human life amongst many, and thereby of human life as such. In this sense Santa Gamka highlights an important function of literature: to remind us of the unforgettable.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://reference.sabinet.co.za/document/EJC109960
dc.language.isoAfrikaansen_US
dc.publisherAfrikaanse Letterkundeverenigingen_US
dc.titleHomo sacer: Uitsondering en relasie in Eben Venter se Santa Gamka (2009)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10093656 - Van Schalkwyk, Phillippus Lodewikus


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