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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Glissant is a tough read. Peter rated it really liked it May 26, Jul 11, Solaris rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Poetics of RelationGlissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation. Email required Address never made public. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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Glissant’s influence on the next, third, generation of francophone writers, and relatlon just Martinican writers, can hardly be overstated. Feb 04, Justin rated it it was amazing. Born in Martinique inGlissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne. Quand les murs tombent.

Australian Film Commission, As each word a poet chooses is specifically chosen to aid in furthering the meaning of the poem, the word “Falling” implies an unintentional and undesirable action. Omilani rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Notify me of new posts via email.

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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 pietics oppressor.

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. Poetics of Relation seizes the reader who seeks to be relqtion, whose openness will embrace the dichotomy between the ‘Closed Place’ and ‘Open World. For Glissant, futurity is one of the driving forces of the atavistic identity, which reaches exhaustion in Relation.

Some of the metaphors of local identity Glissant favored–the hinterland or lack of itthe maroon or runaway slavethe creole language–proved lasting and influential. Reading chapters out of joint.

Book Review: Édouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation | Henry F. Skerritt

This image parallels the Biblical story of Jonah and ov Whale, realizing the gravity of biblical references as the Bible was used as justification for slavery.

Vika Kirchenbauer rated it really liked it May 10, This section does not cite any sources. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Glissant died in Paris, Franceat the age of Glissant adapts post-Lacanian theory to the contemporary global milieu in a number of useful, intersectionally-minded ways. One of the most important philosophy books currently circulating.

Édouard Glissant

Paris, Editions du Dragon, coll. Born in Martinique inGlissant earned oc doctorate from the Sorbonne. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: Glissant is never predictable, always two steps different than where he could be——exhilarating reading. By order of the French president, General De Gaulle, Glissant was arrested, forbidden to reside in the West Indies, and was sentenced to administrative detention in France until the situation in the colonies calmed down.


In his essay, Glissant tackles the questions of orality and literacy; translated texts and original texts; transparency and opacity; the relative and chaos; and creolization and rhizome identity among many others. Natives of My Person. Authors Instructors Media Booksellers Librarians.

Poetics of Relation

Edouard Glissant offers not a universal, idealized view of language and identity, but a heterogenous process of uprooting the cultural artifacts relatjon consciousness we carry, by allowing them to be informed and transformed by others.

He advocates the openness to the unknown, to the unpredictability.

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 slave and the homeland and the slave and the unknown. The concept was created from a general discontent with the French system of assimilation, which did not allow differences within a national sameness.


A really intriguing take on the history of Western literature among other thingsand a proposal for a different way of seeing, telling, and living.