This prologue discusses the impact of globalization on the writer or artist. It also examines globalization in relation to what Édouard Glissant calls ‘Globality’ and how a poetics of globality gives rise to individuation. It suggests that the individuation of globality is a negotiation between self and Others, between the multiple within (with its potential for liberation) and the diversity without (with its potential for greater self-awareness), and that within globality, individuals should — like today’s authors or artists — experience themselves as being in constant progression towards a new requirement of humanization. Finally, it analyses the phenomenon of migration today and proposes the idea of the Globe-Stone based on Glissant’s ‘Whole-Globe’.
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