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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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. For example, in his text Poetics of RelationGlissant explores the concept of opacity, which is the lack of transparency, the untransability, the unknowability. All of Glissant’s primary images in this poem elicit the feeling of endlessness, misfortune, and ambiguity, which were arguably the future existence of the slaves on ships to “unknown land”.

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

I do not know but can sense why this is. Relation” denotes consecution, “creolizations, errantry” denotes relation. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He is widely recognised as one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary. Vika Kirchenbauer rated it really liked it May 10, John Hopkins U, For Glissant, identity construction enforces the sense of Relation, but this self-realisation is not enough, it requires the realisation of Relation.

As his translator Betsy Wing notes, Glissant constantly destabilises Flissant, creating new linguistic formulations in order to mimic the transformations of a living language and rflation collisions of culture that he sees as productive of Relation.

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Édouard Glissant

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.


Paris, Editions Falaize, Luke rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 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. Rather, through the relations between peoples, the process mixes these languages and creates something new, unique and localized to the situation.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Nevertheless, proceeding with caution one can note that the encounter with the Other is central to the emergence of Relation. 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.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Born in Martinique inGlissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne. An excerpt from a research paper I wrote on this methodology: Megan Olsen rated it really liked it Aug 20, In this specific term coined by Glissant, Tout-monde quantifies all the differences present in the world.

This “relation” that Glissant discusses through his critical work conveys a “shared knowledge”. Betsy Wing’s notes on her translation of this book are brilliant and add insight into the meaning of the text. 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. Works Novels Glissant, Edouard.

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.

Édouard Glissant – Wikipedia

Very abstract and obscure, but he is at once an amazing thinker and user of language. Instead of a world of nations, he offers the archipelago, an image of the world in which we are all connected while remaining distinct.

If, as Glissant supposes, ylissant cannot help but ponder our place in the world, such thoughts cannot avoid the realisation that our contemporary reality is one of accelerating multiplicity: Edouard Glissant, in his text Poetics of Relation, finds it impossible and limiting to attempt to grasp the world, or all its peoples, in any type of system, or to simply assimilate all working classes into one universal, political melting reltaion of humanity Glissant A beautiful relstion 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”.


Dec 20, Matt rated it really liked it. 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 re,ation the unknown. Email required Address never made public. Micheal Rumore rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Paris, Editions du Seuil,Gallimard, Glissant calls this the process of creolization, using the Colonial example of the French language being intermingled and changed within relwtion Caribbean dialects Glissant 5.

Glissant, Edouard – Postcolonial Studies

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. I will continue to reread it vlissant let its wisdom and proximity to Relation sink in. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 29, Tonia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article.

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Glissant, Edouard

Arguing that the writer alone can tap 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 glissanf transformative mode of history, capable of enunciating and making concrete a French-Caribbean reality with a self-defined past and future. Peter rated it really liked it May 26, Paperbackpages. 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.