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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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Local, National, Regional, Global

Local, National, Regional, Global

Glissant and the Postcolonial Manifesto

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(p.227) 10 Local, National, Regional, Global
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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day
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Charles Forsdick

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.003.0010

This chapter examines the influence of literary form on thinking about globalization in the Caribbean by focusing on the re-emergence of the manifesto in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century debates around globalization in the francophone Caribbean as a tool of political provocation and collective intervention. In particular, it considers a series of statements and documents with which Édouard Glissant was associated as signatory in the final decade of his life. The chapter first analyses the cultural activism of the littérature-monde manifesto, with which Glissant’s involvement is ultimately ambivalent. It then looks at the limitations of a notion of world literature in which poetics eclipses discussion of the politics of literary production. It also uses the littérature-monde manifesto and related forms to address the relationship between local, national, and transnational frames. Finally, it suggests alternative configurations of space, culture, and politics in relation to globalization.

Keywords:   globalization, Caribbean, manifesto, Édouard Glissant, littérature-monde, world literature, poetics, culture, politics, space

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