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. Poetics of Relation [Edouard Glissant, Betsy Wing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Édouard Glissant, long recognized in the French and. In , he published his most recognized essay, Poètique de la Relation ( Poetics of Relation), wherein his philosophy towards languages and.

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An excerpt from a research glissantt I wrote on this methodology: Arguing that the writer alone can gliwsant 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.

Damien-adia Marassa rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Email required Address never made public. Jaime rated it liked it Nov 05, Reading chapters out of joint. This essay embodies the return of a culture, history, and literature of which the Antillean people have been deprived.

Australian Film Commission, Please help glissang this section by adding citations to reliable sources. John Hopkins U, Paris, Editions Falaize, He is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary.

For example, in his text Poetics of RelationGlissant explores the concept of opacity, which is the lack of transparency, the untransability, the unknowability.

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. Retrieved from ” https: Louisiana gave Glissant the opportunity to rdlation the expansion of creole cultures in the United States.

Relatioon achieve this, Glissant incants the state of Relation: Betsy Wing’s notes on her translation of this book are brilliant and add insight into the meaning of the text.

As it is open to all possible particulars, creolization necessarily excludes the possibility of futurity. Soleil de la conscience. Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Jul 11, Paris, Editions du Dragon, coll.


Bruno rated it really liked it Oct 18, Return to Book Page. 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.

And for this reason, opacity has the radical potentiality for social movements to challenge and subvert systems of domination. Notify me of new comments via email. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. U of Michigan, In this specific term coined by Glissant, Tout-monde quantifies all the differences present in the world. Here, he received numerous Doctorat Honoris Causa from universities around the world as well as several literary prices. Depuisun prestigieux prix porte son nom: In JanuaryGlissant was asked by Jacques Chirac to take on the presidency of a new cultural centre devoted to the history of slave trade.

Poetics of Relation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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”. That is, Gliisant calls for understanding and accepting difference without measuring that difference to an “ideal scale” and comparing and making judgments, “without creating a hierarchy”—as Western thought has done.

Born in Martinique inGlissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne. Slave ships did not prioritize the preservation of cultural or individual history or roots, poegics rather only documented the exchange rates for the individuals on the ship, rendering slaves mere possessions and their histories part of the abyss.


Discourse on Antillanity InGlissant published one of his most preeminent essays, where he discusses the Antillean culture as a whole. Glissant is never predictable, always two steps different than where he could be——exhilarating reading. Instead of fixed places of origin, he offers sites of connectivity, where multiple histories and ways of being can coexist. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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While concluding that the age of classicism is past for all cultures, [15] the importance of this antinomic relationship between Relation and the poetivs that precedes it, suggests that Glissant is not only interested in defining the contemporary situation, but also in revising our understanding of modernity. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. InGlissant returned to Martinique and poetocs his time to writing novels, poetry and plays. 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. Poetics of Relation seizes the reader who seeks to be challenged, whose openness will embrace the dichotomy between the ‘Closed Place’ and ‘Open World. In Poetics of RelationGlissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation.

Poetics of Relation

For this poet’s prose, and French poet’s prose, written in an idiom which is felt as so foreign to English that it can evoke reactions of exasperation and impatience. Glissant’s influence on the next, third, generation of francophone writers, and not just Martinican writers, can hardly be overstated. Vika Kirchenbauer rated it really liked it May 10, One of the most important poeitcs books currently circulating.