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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Works Novels Glissant, Edouard. Instead of roots, he offers the dynamic process of creolization, a poetics defined by its openness to transformation. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: Despite its elusiveness, Relation provides a most useful framework for considering decolonial identity beyond the polar terms of resistance or submission to the dominant colonial power. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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. A model attribution edit summary using German: Very abstract and obscure, but he is at once an amazing thinker and user of language. August Click [show] for important translation instructions. Paris, Editions du Seuil,Gallimard, 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.

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. Dec 20, Matt rated it really liked it. Glissant’s influence on the next, third, generation of francophone writers, and not just Martinican writers, can hardly be overstated.


He is notable for his attempt to trace parallels between the history and culture of the Creole Caribbean and those of Latin America and the plantation culture of the American south, most obviously in his study of William Faulkner. Paperbackpages.

Upon losing exchange value, slaves were expelled overboard, into the abyss of the sea, into another unknown, far from their origins or known land. Email required Address never made public.

Poetics of Relation

Nevertheless, proceeding with caution one can note that the encounter with the Other is central to the emergence of Relation. Beautifully, Glissant leaves behind the decrepit vocabulary of the sterile paradigm, and invents concepts logically parallel to those in other fields–like relations to relativity–in order to observe Caribbean and global communities in a fresh way. One of the most important philosophy books currently circulating.

Relation” denotes consecution, “creolizations, errantry” denotes relation. Inhe published one of his most famous essais, Le Discours Antillais, in which Glissant discusses the Antillean reality from multiple approaches—literary, sociological, historical, and anthropological. 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. 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.

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.

Glissant, Edouard – Postcolonial Studies

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.

Paris, Editions Falaize, Instead of fixed places of origin, he offers sites of connectivity, where multiple histories and ways of being can coexist. InGlissant died at the age of eighty-two in Paris.


Meida rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Published September 29th by University of Michigan Press. Mies, Maria August 9, InGlissant was chosen as finalist for the Nobel Prize in Literature; unfortunately for him, the writer Derek Walcott won by one vote.

Australian Film Commission, Creolization is the result of relations between cultures or several elements resulting in different identities.

In Poetics of RelationGlissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation. Some of the metaphors of local identity Glissant favored–the hinterland relaion lack of itthe maroon or runaway slavethe creole language–proved lasting and influential.

Nora rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Paris, Editions du Seuil, 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 pietics for the emergent subject positions that would eventually undermine its unified identity.

For Glissant, all identity is produced and extended in relation to the Other. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Édouard Glissant

As it is open to all possible particulars, creolization necessarily excludes the possibility of futurity. Jaime rated it liked it Nov 05, 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. Glissant is never predictable, always two steps different than where he could be——exhilarating reading.

In JanuaryGlissant was asked by Jacques Chirac to take on the presidency of a new cultural centre devoted to the history of slave trade.