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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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What Was Us, What Is Us

What Was Us, What Is Us

(p.77) What Was Us, What Is Us
Treatise on the Whole-World
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Liverpool University Press

Here Glissant discusses a number of writers: the ethnographic and poetic work of Michel Leiris; Aimé Césaire; Saint-John Perse; Kateb Yacine; Mallarmé’s dream of writing the ‘Book of the World’, contrasted with Segalen’s embracing of diversity; and a detailed account of Yves Bonnefoy’s Du mouvement et de l’immobilité de Douve, and its influence on other poets. There is also a section devoted to Nelson Mandela. Glissant goes on to highlight the similarities between Islam, Christianity and Judaism as monotheistic religions. He then returns to issues he has already raise earlier in the book: the difference between books and the internet; the ‘Chaos-World’ and invariants; different ways of reading, linked to difference between language and langage, and, finally, a definition of the ‘Whole-World’.

Keywords:   poetics, monotheism, Chaos-World, langage, Whole-World

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