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Treatise on the Whole-Worldby Édouard Glissant$
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Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620986

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620986.001.0001

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Waves and Backwashes

Waves and Backwashes

(p.45) Waves and Backwashes
Treatise on the Whole-World
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Liverpool University Press

Quoting the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite: ‘Unity is submarine’, Glissant describes how relations between Caribbean countries are not only overt but also hidden and subliminal. There is a section on naming: the complexity of names and nicknames in Martinique. He then argues that filiation is giving way to multinational markets. Then, in a good example of the positive value of repetition, he returns to the themes of the system versus the trace, the landscapes of the Americas, the importance of preserving all the world’s languages; and the relation between language and langage.

Keywords:   naming, multinationals, trace, langage

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