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. Poetics of Relation [Edouard Glissant, Betsy Wing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Édouard Glissant, long recognized in the French and. In , he published his most recognized essay, Poètique de la Relation ( Poetics of Relation), wherein his philosophy towards languages and.

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Luke rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Glissant added one essential notion to this formation—unpredictability.

Édouard Glissant

Damien-adia Marassa rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. Quand les murs tombent. The keys for me are: InGlissant was chosen as finalist for the Nobel Prize in Literature; unfortunately for him, glisant writer Derek Walcott won by one vote. How rewarding to poeics 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.

That is, Gliisant calls for understanding and accepting difference without measuring that difference to an “ideal scale” and comparing and making judgments, “without creating a hierarchy”—as Western thought has done.

Glissant, Edouard – Postcolonial Studies

This lends to the glixsant of the slaves on the ship as they were confined to an overcrowded, filthy, and diseased existence among other slaves, all there against their will. 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. Instead of a world of nations, he offers the archipelago, an image of the world in which we are all connected while remaining distinct.


He notably discusses the language of compromise, the creole, and the composite of civilizations that are part of the Antillean culture. The concept was created from a general discontent with the French system of assimilation, which did not allow differences within a national sameness.

Nevertheless, proceeding with caution one can note that the encounter with the Other is central to the emergence of Relation. However, Glissant rejects this transparency and defends opacity and difference because other modes of understanding do exist. He is widely recognised as rslation of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary.

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Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant

University of Michigan Press, And for this reason, opacity has the radical potentiality for social movements to challenge and subvert reelation of domination.

Lists with This Book. Thus, Relation has its genesis in the hulls of slave ships crossing the Atlantic, while the atavistic identity contains within it the antinomies that create the preconditions for the emergent subject positions that would eventually undermine its unified identity.

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Edouard Glissant, in his text Poetics of Relation, finds it impossible and limiting to attempt to grasp the world, or all its peoples, in any type of system, or to simply assimilate all working classes into one universal, political melting pot of humanity Glissant Glissant is a tough read.


Meida rated it it was amazing Mar 08, 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.

For this poet’s prose, and French poet’s prose, written in an idiom which is felt as so foreign to English that it can evoke reactions of glidsant and impatience. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Arguing that the writer alone can tap the unconscious of a people and apprehend its multiform culture to provide glissannt of memory capable of transcending “nonhistory,” Glissant defines his “poetics of relation”—both aesthetic and political—as a transformative mode of history, capable of enunciating and making concrete a French-Caribbean reality with a self-defined past and future. In the excerpt from Poetics of Relation, ” The Open Boat”, Glissant’s imagery was particularly compelling when describing the slave experience and the linkage between a loetics and the homeland and the slave and the unknown.

Relation” denotes consecution, “creolizations, errantry” denotes relation.

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