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Friends and EnemiesThe Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature$
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Chris Bongie

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311437

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315299

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Spectres of Glissant: Dealing in Relation

Spectres of Glissant: Dealing in Relation

(p.322) Chapter 7 Spectres of Glissant: Dealing in Relation
Friends and Enemies
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This chapter examines the work of Édouard Glissant. It begins a descriptive overview of Glissant's insistently creolizing vision, based on his 2005 collection of essays, La cohée du Lamentin. It then considers the diachronic approach to his career trajectory that was taken in Islands and Exiles, arguing that notwithstanding the remarkable consistency of Glissant's vision over the past five decades when it comes to championing a cross-cultural poetics of Relation, his most recent work is characterized by the concerted attempt to ‘desuture’ that poetics from any and all oppositional politics of the sort with which he himself had once associated it. After examining this post-political turn in relation to an important watershed in the marketing of his oeuvre, the chapter goes one to examine what, if anything, remains of the logic of the political in late Glissant's work. It suggests that this logic does, inevitably, continue to inform aspects of his archly poeticizing vision, but not necessarily in a way that we might expect.

Keywords:   Édouard Glissant, cross-cultural poetics, relation, La cohée du Lamentin

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