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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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The Time of the Other

The Time of the Other

(p.55) The Time of the Other
Treatise on the Whole-World
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Liverpool University Press

Glissant introduces the concept of measure, seen as both a search for depth and the inspiration of the spatial expanse. This is followed by a long section on the European Middle Ages, where diversity gradually gives way to classicism. He discusses our anxiety about our contemporary loss of control over history; and then the rhetorics of orality, and whether the transcendence and the sacred connotations of writing is being challenged. Orality is seen as a form of Relation, characterized by multiplicity and circularity as opposed to the linearity of traditional rhetoric. Baroque art in the Americas is linked with orality.

Keywords:   measure, classicism, orality, baroque

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