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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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Measure, Immeasurability

Measure, Immeasurability

(p.137) Measure, Immeasurability
Treatise on the Whole-World
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Liverpool University Press

This chapter starts with a poem entitled ‘Infinitive of time’ which evokes and promotes the process whereby filiation and legitimacy are giving way to the multiplicities of time. It ends with another, far more obscure poem: ‘Ode to Stone and to Carthage’. In between Glissant returns to the familiar themes of creolization, preserving minority languages, and the move from narrative to poetry. He expands on a distinction he has already used between essentialist ‘Being’ and non-essentialist ‘being’. One section consists of outlining a collective ecological project to make Martinique into an ’organic’ island.

Keywords:   filiation, creolization, minority languages, ‘Being’ and ‘being’, ecology

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