In this short chapter Glissant returns to the idea of orality, now from the point of view of how it has influenced the structure of contemporary writing. To write is to ‘say the world’; to connect our own place with the Whole-World. He claims that the traditional division into literary genres no longer operates, and narrative is no longer dominant. The poet is more important as a builder of langage, i.e., our subjective relation to the language we speak.
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