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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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Movements of Languages and Territories of the Novel

Movements of Languages and Territories of the Novel

(p.127) 10 Movements of Languages and Territories of the Novel*
Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity
Celia Britton
Liverpool University Press

What gives one a predisposition towards writing is not being able to speak several languages but having a particular predisposition to one langage, which may exist in more than one language. Gauvin and Glissant discuss a film in which Israelis express their attitude to Hebrew as opposed to their mother tongues, such as German; Hebrew is an absolute language replacing other absolute languages, but we have to accept that today there are no absolute languages. True creolization is not merely the interpenetration of words but the entry of the systems of poetic images from one language into another. The novel comes about when communities need political narratives to define them; the Western novel relies on the belief that you can recount history and the world because you control it.

Keywords:   langage, novel, creolization

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