Paul, thanks for this reference. I will try to get in touch and get a copy.
At 12:52 AM 4/7/00 -0400, you wrote:
>I heard Professor Wlad Godzich of the University of Geneva give a brilliant
>paper on this very topic. I cannot attempt to summarize it; perhaps you
>should write to Godzich for a copy. PAB
>Paul A. Bov
>boundary 2, an international journal
> of literature and culture
>Professor of English
>University of Pittsburgh
>Pittsburgh, PA 15260
> -----Original Message-----
] On Behalf Of Catherine
>Sent: Friday, April 07, 2000 1:15 AM
>Subject: biopower: Agamben/Foucault.
>I have recently been doing some work on biopower, particularly using
>Giorgio Agamben's book called 'Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life'.
>In the introduction to this book, Agamben claims that Foucault
>overemphasises the historical distinction between sovereignty and
>biopolitics and goes on to argue that 'the inclusion of bare life
>[Aristotle's zoe] constitutes the original - if concealed - nucleus of
>sovereign power...the production of the biopolitical body is the original
>activity of sovereign power' (p6). I would be interested to know what
>other people who have read this book think of Agamben's critique of
>Foucault and of his own arguments regarding biopower, especially around the
>generalisation of the exception in modern politics.