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Return to Book Page. Betsy Wing Translator. Born in Martinique in , Glissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne.

Some of the metaphors of local identity Glissant favored—the hinterland or lack of it , the maroon or runaway slave , the creole language—proved lasting and influential. In Poetics of Relation , Glissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation. He sees the Antilles as enduring suffering imposed by history, yet as a place whose unique interactions will one day produce an emerging global consensus. Arguing that the writer alone can tap the unconscious of a people and apprehend its multiform culture to provide forms 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.

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. In Glissant's view, we come to see that relation in all its senses—telling, listening, connecting, and the parallel consciousness of self and surroundings—is the key to transforming mentalities and reshaping societies. This translation of Glissant's work preserves the resonating quality of his prose and makes the richness and ambiguities of his voice accessible to readers in English.

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Nov 17, Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: criticism-and-research. I have read different sections at different points over the last two years.

I will continue to reread it and let its wisdom and proximity to Relation sink in. There is a documentary Manthia Diawara made about his conversations with Glissant on an ocean voyage across the Atlantic I need to check out next.

Betsy Wing's notes on her translation of this book are brilliant and add insight into the meaning of the text. The keys for me are: abyss, arrow-like vs. Dec 20, Matt rated it really liked it. A beautiful methodology which breaks down constructs of worldview and, in essence, helps us stop playing God and to get on with embracing others, being oneself an "other".

An excerpt from a research paper I wrote on this methodology: 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 A beautiful methodology which breaks down constructs of worldview and, in essence, helps us stop playing God and to get on with embracing others, being oneself an "other".

An excerpt from a research paper I wrote on this methodology: 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 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 Glissant Thus the only totality we can consider for our world is one of chaos, not in a meaningless, nihilistic way, but in a way that will always escape our full understanding and categorizing.

Edouard Glissant offers not a universal, idealized view of language and identity, but a heterogenous process of uprooting the cultural artifacts of consciousness we carry, by allowing them to be informed and transformed by others. Glissant calls this the process of creolization, using the Colonial example of the French language being intermingled and changed within local Caribbean dialects Glissant 5. French is not the dominant language used to subvert populations though it was thought to be by the colonizers , nor is it ignored by the colonized.

Rather, through the relations between peoples, the process mixes these languages and creates something new, unique and localized to the situation.

This process, rhizomatic in its movements, is interdependent on the relations between people, bridging the abyss of difference that separates humans. Jul 11, Solaris rated it it was amazing Shelves: cultural-theory. You should absolutely not miss this book if you're into Identity Studies or Postcolonialism.

Extremely short version: it's a very powerful and insightful read. Mar 10, Emanuel Hritcu rated it really liked it. Sep 09, James Carroll rated it it was amazing. This is how literary theory should be: poetic yet accessible; political yet universal. Glissant was a truly gifted writer.

Apr 07, Audrey Saltarelli rated it it was amazing. One of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Nov 12, Varun Nayar rated it really liked it. Dec 27, Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: books , research , non-fiction. Dec 19, Leif rated it really liked it. Every time I read this, I can only jump across it, skimming back and forth through the pages. Reading chapters out of joint. I do not know but can sense why this is.

Glissant is never predictable, always two steps different than where he could be——exhilarating reading. Sep 29, Tonia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: those interested in theory, philosophy, post-modernism.

Glissant is a tough read. Very abstract and obscure, but he is at once an amazing thinker and user of language. Aug 18, Anuradha Vikram rated it it was amazing. One of the most important philosophy books currently circulating. Glissant adapts post-Lacanian theory to the contemporary global milieu in a number of useful, intersectionally-minded ways. View 1 comment. Apr 28, Kristine rated it it was amazing Shelves: s-tier.

Feb 04, Justin rated it it was amazing. A really intriguing take on the history of Western literature among other things , and a proposal for a different way of seeing, telling, and living. Jun 24, Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it really liked it. Talitha rated it liked it Aug 05, Kelann rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Cathy Kroll rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Omilani rated it it was amazing Mar 14, M rated it really liked it Jul 12, Jaime rated it liked it Nov 05, Vika Kirchenbauer rated it really liked it May 10, Lukas rated it really liked it Mar 23, Damien-adia Marassa rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Samuli rated it really liked it Mar 21, Nora rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Peter rated it really liked it May 26, Amy rated it liked it Nov 20, Codi Carelse rated it it was amazing May 15, Readers also enjoyed.

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Thinking thought usually amounts to withdrawing into a dimensionless place in which the idea of thought alone persists. But thought in reality spaces itself out into the world. It informs the imaginary of peoples, their varied poetics, which it then transforms, meaning, in them its risk becomes realized. Culture is the precaution of those who claim to think thought but who steer clear of its chaotic journey.

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If, as Glissant supposes, we cannot help but ponder our place in the world, such thoughts cannot avoid the realisation that our contemporary reality is one of accelerating multiplicity: the only universality today is one of relations based upon diversity rather than unity. As his translator Betsy Wing notes, Glissant constantly destabilises French, creating new linguistic formulations in order to mimic the transformations of a living language and the collisions of culture that he sees as productive of Relation. As such, it is a perilous task to attempt to pin down his theory of Relation into a concise summary. Nevertheless, proceeding with caution one can note that the encounter with the Other is central to the emergence of Relation. For Glissant, all identity is produced and extended in relation to the Other. As Relation is the result of encounter with the Other, it remains engaged in a complex relationship with the atavistic identity and its attendant colonial oppressions.

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He is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary. In January , Glissant was asked by Jacques Chirac to take on the presidency of a new cultural centre devoted to the history of slave trade. 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. For example, in his text Poetics of Relation , Glissant explores the concept of opacity, which is the lack of transparency, the untransability, the unknowability. And for this reason, opacity has the radical potentiality for social movements to challenge and subvert systems of domination. Glissant demands for the "right to opacity," indicating the oppressed—which have historically been constructed as the Other—can and should be allowed to be opaque, to not be completely understood, and to simply exist as different.

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