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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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On Beauty as Complicity

On Beauty as Complicity

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(p.117) 9 On Beauty as Complicity*
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Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity
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Celia Britton
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620979.003.0009

This interview concerns Une nouvelle région du monde. Beauty is not essentialist or transcendent but stems from the meeting of differences. The new region is a version of the Whole-World; and beauty comes about through the differences in the world. The book has in common with the Traité du Tout-monde that it concerns a vision of the Whole-World, but differs in that it is centrally about beauty.This realized quantity of differences is not the same as a universal. In all cultures there is a nostalgia for the primordial moment when there was a sense of complicity and fusion with the world around us, as opposed to utilitarian art, which asserts the singularity of a given culture. Primitive or indigenous art retains the sense of fusion with the world. Francophony is a result of the colonial enterprise.

Keywords:   beauty, fusion, primitive art, Francophony

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