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The Common GrowlToward a Poetics of Precarious Community$
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Thomas Claviez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270910.001.0001

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Community and Ethnos

Community and Ethnos

(p.17) Community and Ethnos
The Common Growl

Robert J. C. Young

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes on the theorization of community implemented by Giorgio Agamben, adopting the idea of ethnos as it has been used to reformulate the community in service of the nation state. In this sense, the nation has a vested interest, not in the thriving of community, but in the collectivity that allows for that community’s destruction. Following the tropological work of Agamben, this paper does advocate a metonymic, rather than a vertically integrated, metaphoric conception. The thought on metaphor springs from questioning whether or not such a metaphoric commonality is at all what defines a community. In developing this, the paper turns to Joyce’s Ulysses in order to think the contingency and spatiality that community, in opposition to the unifying impulse of the nation state, implies.

Keywords:   Agamben, contingency, ethnos, metaphor, metonymy, nation

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