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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I will continue to reread it and let its wisdom and proximity to Relation sink in. 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. Dec 19, Leif rated it really liked goissant.

For more guidance, see Wikipedia: Lukas rated it really liked it Mar 23, Peter rated it really liked it May 26, InGlissant was chosen as finalist for the Nobel Prize in Literature; unfortunately for him, the writer Derek Walcott won by one vote.

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. While concluding that the age of classicism is past for all cultures, [15] the importance of this antinomic relationship between Relation and the era that precedes it, suggests that Glissant is not only interested in defining the contemporary situation, but also in revising our understanding of modernity.


Édouard Glissant – Wikipedia

Edouard Glissant was born in Saint-Marie, Martinique in to a family of five children. 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.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Retrieved from ” https: Oral Histories May 2, This “relation” that Glissant discusses through his critical work conveys a “shared knowledge”.

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Édouard Glissant

Glissant’s influence on the next, third, generation of francophone writers, and not just Martinican writers, can hardly be overstated. As the boat is the vessel that permits the transport of known to unknown, all share the loss of sense of self with one another.

The Rhizome is a plant that grows underground and has roots that grow around other roots. It is through the meeting and clashing of cultures that they evolve, creating the circumstances for Relation: Glissant was in no doubt that postcolonial discourse, like the master narrative of Eurocentrism that it opposes, has equally evaded this opacity, in order to glissanh easy conclusions.

This singular element distances hybridization from creolization ; the former indicates an expectable effect contrary to the latter.

Return to Book Page. Glissant, too, understood Mamadou Soumare because he shared with him his suffering, which he relayed to the rest of us through his own poems of the Atlantic as the mausoleum of captured Africans and through his philosophy of relation, whereby we often find ourselves by identifying with the problems of others.


Instead of fixed places of origin, he offers sites of connectivity, where multiple histories and ways of being can coexist. As it is open to all possible particulars, creolization necessarily excludes the possibility of futurity.

Poetics of Relation

Australian Film Commission, Paris, Editions du Dragon, coll. One of the lessons that my meeting with Mamadou Soumare taught me was that for my film, like for everything else concerning Glissant, the forms of communication among and between people and their environment were intuitive and opaque. This lends to the experience 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.

Glissant adapts post-Lacanian theory to the contemporary global milieu in a number of useful, intersectionally-minded ways. He wanted me to take back to the United States something that could not be taught in a textbook.

Now I realized that they both wanted me to relay a message to the other, that they were using me as yet another pathway, not a cleared road, but the trace of one, for their relation.

Borders must be permeable; they must not be weapons against migration or immigration processes.

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