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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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”. Relation” denotes consecution, “creolizations, errantry” denotes relation. 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.

Translated by the author. Here, he received numerous Doctorat Honoris Causa from universities around the world as well as several literary prices.

To achieve this, Glissant incants the state of Relation: Works Novels Glissant, Edouard. Depuisun prestigieux prix porte son nom: Glissant applies it to creolization where roots meet and share cultural bounds to form an identity. In Poetics of RelationGlissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation. He wanted me to take back to the United States something that could not be taught in a textbook.

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As Glissant notes in Philosophie de la Relation:. 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. Edouars help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

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Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant

Quand les murs tombent. Arguing that the writer alone can tap the unconscious of a people and apprehend its multiform poerics 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.


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

eedouard 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. Quotes from Poetics of Relation. I was now more than anxious to meet our man from Mali, while at the same time hoping that he and I would not disappoint Glissant by exhibiting an exclusive ethnic identity our Negritudeor by being too exotic authentic-indigenous people according to anthropology.

He is central not only to the burgeoning field of Caribbean studies, but also to the newly relagion literary scene in the French West Indies. As such, I considered his collection of essays Caribbean Discourse 4for example, as a treatise of post-Negritude criticism.

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 the oppressor.

This “relation” that Glissant discusses through his critical work conveys a “shared knowledge”.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The keys for me are: Retrieved from ” https: I can see now that Glissant had magisterially simplified the illustration of his concept of intuitive relation, which he wrote about in a very poetic, complex style in Philosophie de la Relation.

Poetics of Relation

Jaime rated it liked it Nov 05, Open Preview See a Problem? So the poem, our humanity, was lost in the abyss, like those captured Africans who were pushed into the Atlantic Ocean, with no one to mourn them.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. GlissanrGlissant returned to Martinique and devoted his time to writing novels, poetry and plays. Mamadou Soumare could relate and retell the poems and songs of Glissant and his colleagues, even though he could not speak their language, because he could share their feelings.


Slave ships did not prioritize the preservation of cultural or individual history or roots, but rather reltaion documented the exchange rates for the individuals on the ship, rendering slaves mere possessions and their histories part of the abyss.

Glissant added one essential notion to this formation—unpredictability. His entire essay centers on this idea of Relation in creole cultures. This image parallels the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, realizing the gravity of biblical references as the Bible was used as justification for slavery. 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.

So I, too, became eager to meet this man, and I wondered how I might include him in my film on the Glissantian Tout-Monde.

Upon losing exchange value, slaves were expelled overboard, into the abyss of the sea, into another unknown, far from their origins or known land. La Case du commandeur.

Édouard Glissant

Glissant is a tough read. 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.

My biggest surprise there was this: And for relztion reason, opacity has the radical potentiality for social movements to efouard and subvert systems of domination. A really intriguing take on the history of Western literature among other thingsand a proposal for a different way of seeing, telling, and living.

Glissant, the octogenarian, laments the fact that he was no longer able to hear the sound of the cascading river water coming down from the mountain of Bezaudin, his native village in Martinique.