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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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Writing

Writing

Chapter:
(p.73) Writing
Source:
Treatise on the Whole-World
Author(s):
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620986.003.0008

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.

Keywords:   orality, literary genres, langage

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