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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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The Town, Refuge for the Voices of the World

The Town, Refuge for the Voices of the World

(p.153) The Town, Refuge for the Voices of the World*
Treatise on the Whole-World
Celia Britton

Édouard Glissant

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is the text of a speech given at the inauguration of the Congrès du Réseau des Villes-refuges and of the International Parliament of Writers, given in Strasbourg in 1997. The Congress planned to set up a network of ‘refuge towns’ for writers who were persecuted in their own countries. Glissant discusses clashes between cultures, and the politicization of culture: culture, he claims, has become one of the most important sites of political struggle. Writers are pioneers is using imagination to create open identities (rhizomes), and this is one of their most important roles: they thus participate in a true ‘Poetics of Relation’.

Keywords:   International Parliament of Writers, culture, politics, Poetics of Relation

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