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Introduction to a Poetics of Diversityby Édouard Glissant$
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Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620979

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620979.001.0001

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Creolizations in the Caribbean and the Americas

Creolizations in the Caribbean and the Americas

(p.3) 1 Creolizations in the Caribbean and the Americas*
(p.iii) Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity
Celia Britton
Liverpool University Press

Explores the position of the Caribbean in relation to the Americas. There are three kinds of community in both: the indigenous inhabitants (Meso-America); the European migrants (Euro-America); and the descendents of transported African slaves (Neo-America), which is the locus of creolizations, and is the main focus of Glissant’s discussion. Unlike the European migrants, the transported Africans had to invent a new culture, starting with the Creole languages. These were considered inferior by the white population – and for creolization to truly flourish there has to be equality between all the participating communities. One of the main properties of creolization is its unpredictability. The chapter ends with a discussion of the formation of Creole languages.

Keywords:   creolization, Creole language, Americas

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