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By Celia Britton

EDOUARD GLISSANT has written broadly in French concerning the colonial event within the Caribbean. on account that he's identified basically as a novelist and poet, his theoretical essays have thus far remained mostly unread through the English-language theorists during this box. This publication situates Glissant inside ongoing debates in postcolonial thought, making illuminating connections among his paintings and that of Frantz Fanon, Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.Focusing on language and subjectivity, Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial thought strikes among an research of Glissant's theoretical paintings and specific readings of his novels to explain a community of comparable matters. Celia Britton addresses the foremost subject matters principal to his writing--the reappropriation of heritage, general and vernacular language, hybridity, subalternity, the problematizing of id, and the colonial development of the Other--and asks provocative questions in relation to every one. How does the colonized topic relate to a language at the start imposed by way of the colonizer yet in this case, to a point, subverted and reappropriated? How does this strategic use of language come to functionality as a vital mode of cultural resistance? What function can fictional illustration play during this process?This ebook represents the 1st presentation of Glissant's incisive theoretical paintings and research of his immensely robust and sophisticated novels within the context of postcolonial experiences. by means of juxtaposing them, Britton illuminates the numerous contribution Glissant has made to this theoretical undertaking.

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It applies to individuals but more especially to other cultures and other societies. It is nonhierarchical and nonreductive; that is, it does not try to impose a universal value system but respects the particular qualities of the community in question, in a movement of "degeneralization" (PR, 75). But this does not imply a defense of cultures that jealously guard their uniqueness by shutting out the rest of the world; particularity is valuable only as long as it is outward-looking and related to other cultures and values.

That is, transportation causes such a violent, fundamental break in experience and sense of identity that it destroys the idealist conception of being as permanent essence. 9 As Glissant writes in the earlier L'intention poétique, "We were not born; we were deported from East to West. A sailor's knife cut the umbilical cord. Slave fetters staunched the blood. There is no essence here, but only perdition" (191). But this "perdition" has the positive consequence of opening up the possibility of Relation instead of essence; Glissant distinguishes between "a people that survives elsewhere, that maintains its [essence], and a population that is transformed elsewhere into another people .

S. soap opera Dallas? "Just asking the question," Glissant concludes, ''means imagining the unimaginable turbulence of Relation" (PR, 153). , tells) itself] (PR, 109), is thus multiply dynamic and radically heterogenous; no one norm can account for it. Glis- Page 14 sant links it to the notion of the "rhizome" developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: unlike the root and the tree, in which all growth is structured from a single central point, the rhizome, which is indistinguishably both root and stem, proliferates randomly from many different nodes at once.

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