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Poetics of Relation · Rhizome (philosophy) ·. Influences[show]. Aimé Césaire · Frantz Fanon ·. Influenced[show]. Barbara Cassin ·. Édouard Glissant (21 September – 3 February ) was a French writer, poet. In Poetics of Relation, Édouard Glissant sets himself a project that is both immense and ineluctable. If, as Glissant supposes, we cannot help. EDOUARD GLISSANT. Poetics of Relation. translated fry Betsy Wing. Ann Arbor. THE liNivERSITr OF MICHIGAN PREss.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In the excerpt from Poetics of Relatiin, ” The Open Boat”, Glissant’s imagery was particularly compelling when describing the slave experience and the linkage between a slave and the homeland and the slave and the unknown. Return to Book Page.

Poetics of Relation

Depuisun prestigieux prix porte son nom: I did not want to disappoint the one or the other. Slave ships did not prioritize the preservation of cultural or individual history or roots, but rather only documented the exchange rates for the individuals on the ship, rendering slaves mere possessions and their histories part of the abyss.

Paris, Editions du Seuil,Gallimard, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dec 20, Matt rated it really liked it.

Paris, Editions du Dragon, coll. Relation is an attempt to move beyond the dialectic positions that such identities have tended to assume such as Negritude, Historical Marronage or even Aboriginalityrecognising that such subject positions are necessarily limited from the very beginning by assuming subject position made available only in opposition to the oppressor. While his first novel portrays the political climate in s Martinique, through the story of a group of young revolutionaries, his subsequent work focuses on questions of language, identity, space, history, and knowledge and knowledge production.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. InGlissant published one of his most preeminent essays, where he discusses the Antillean culture as a whole.


For him, what was relstion out of the frame was as important as what was revealed. How rewarding to find a text in the last moments of this century that has absorbed quantum physics, jazz, modernist poetics, mathematics, and all for the sake of adding to the discourse of our planetary reality.

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Glissant is a tough read. The difficult situation ofnotably the start of Reelation war of independence, commanded gliissant dissolution of the group. Instead of fixed places of origin, he offers sites of connectivity, where multiple histories and ways of being can coexist.

One of the most important philosophy books currently circulating. Oral Histories May 2, Glissant’s notions of identity as constructed in relation and not in isolation are germane not only to discussions of Caribbean creolization but also to our understanding of U.

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Retrieved from ” https: The Rhizome is a plant that grows underground and has roots that grow around other roots. I asked him about his favorite films. Bradley rated it really liked it Sep 27, In sum, Glissant the poet became a philosopher to reveal the fluidity of relation beyond the closed doors of systems of discrimination, segregation, and rejection, and to insist that difference is more constructive when viewed as a by-product of solidarity and conciliation between two or more elements of the Tout-Monde.

Referring back to the purpose of slaves–means of monetary and property exchange–Glissant asserts that the primary exchange value is in the ability to transport knowledge from one space or person to another–to establish a connection between what is known and unknown [6] [7]. For Glissant, all identity is produced and extended in relation to the Other. Glissant was in no doubt that postcolonial discourse, like the master narrative of Eurocentrism that it opposes, has equally evaded this opacity, in order to reach easy conclusions.

Mies, Maria August 9, Borders must be permeable; they must not be weapons against migration or immigration processes. University of Michigan Press, As his translator Betsy Wing notes, Glissant constantly destabilises French, creating new pletics formulations in order to mimic the transformations of a living language and the collisions of culture that he sees as productive of Relation. However, Glissant rejects this transparency and defends relagion and difference because other modes of understanding do exist.


My biggest surprise there was this: University of Michigan Press,pp. This image conveys emptiness sparked by unknown identity as it feels deep and pooetics.

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For Glissant, identity construction enforces the sense of Relation, but this self-realisation is not enough, it requires the realisation of Relation.

He is central not only to the burgeoning field of Caribbean studies, but also to the newly flourishing literary scene in the French West Indies.

Glissant, the octogenarian, laments the fact that he was no longer able to hear the sound of the cascading river water coming down from the mountain of Bezaudin, glizsant native village in Martinique. He uses a term, ‘Chaos-monde’, which at its essence considers the world in fluidity and suggests that we must embrace, but not group together, all the elements and forms of expression within the totality Glissan Amy rated it liked it Nov 20, In Praise of Creoleness.

Every time I read this, I can only jump across it, skimming back and forth through the pages. This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in French. At that Paris conference inGlissant and Mamadou Soumare were inviting me to join them in sharing our intuitions of the new humanities, our wounds in getting here, and our celebrations of it, without triumphalism and without glisxant to who suffered most or came first, or who was entitled to opetics legitimizing hierarchies set up by the logocentrist systems that ruled the old world of master and slave, neoliberal and xenophobic nationalisms.

The University of Michigan Press. This article has multiple issues.