Immunity’s Sovereignty

  • Rick Rodriguez
Part of the Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination book series (PSGALI)


This chapter develops the concept of immunity in relation to its formulation in critical theory and political philosophy, particularly in the work of Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito. The chapter goes on to identify immunity as the animating concept in the discourse of American exceptionalism, which informs national identity vis-à-vis intense global contact and conflicts with such geopolitical sites as Haiti, North Africa, and Cuba.


Immunity American exceptionalism American literature Roberto Esposito 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rick Rodriguez
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeNew York CityUSA

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