Exiled, Executed, Exalted: Louis Riel, Homo Sacer and the Production of Canadian Sovereignty

@article{Bruyneel2010ExiledEE,
  title={Exiled, Executed, Exalted: Louis Riel, Homo Sacer and the Production of Canadian Sovereignty},
  author={Kevin Bruyneel},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Political Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={43},
  pages={711 - 732}
}
  • Kevin Bruyneel
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Political Science
  • Canadian Journal of Political Science
Abstract. In this article, I argue that Louis Riel is a necessary invention for the production of Canadian sovereignty. The argument builds on the work of Giorgio Agamben. I see Riel as a Canadian version of homo sacer, “who may be killed but not sacrificed,” and thereby serves as the exception that proves the rule of Canadian sovereignty. I carry out this argument in three stages, focusing first on Riel's exile in 1870 after the Red River Rebellion. I then bring Agamben's insights into an… 

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