As its title perhaps suggests, this chapter – even more than the others - covers a number of disparate themes. Glissant starts by contrasting continents with archipelagoes: continents are sites of intolerance and rigidity, whereas the archipelagoes of the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans promote diversity, mixing and passage. He goes on to praise the work of the Islamist scholar Jacques Berque, and then discusses Senghor, who together with Césaire founded the Negritude movement. The chapter then returns to familiar themes: land versus territory; creolization; atavistic versus composite cultures; identity as root and as rhizome; and Genesis and filiation. It concludes with a discussion of the writer Maurice Roche, whom he compares with Leiris.
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