restricted access From a "large morsel of meat" to "passwords-in-flesh": Resistance through Representation of the Tortured Body in Labou Tansiis La vie et demie

In this essay, I evaluate the pertinence of representing the tortured body in Sony Labou Tansi's La vie et demie. I demonstrate how the visibility of the tortured, cut-up flesh becomes the stakes of a subjectivity that struggles to maintain and affirm its agency. The representation of violence and pain confers on the tortured body the power to inscribe itself as a subject in becoming. In this text, the confrontation with pain and its graphic representation subverts the threat of total incorporation and assimilation in that pain maintains the presence of a private, intimate space that defies the danger of effacement and annihilation.