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Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World$
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Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319808

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Édouard Glissant: Dealing in Globality

Édouard Glissant: Dealing in Globality

(p.90) Chapter 6 Édouard Glissant: Dealing in Globality
Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World

Chris Bongie

Liverpool University Press

Édouard Glissant, a novelist, poet, and theorist from Martinique, has carved a niche in the French literary scene. In Paris, he published his first volumes of poetry in the early 1950s and his first novel, La Lézarde, in 1958. Glissant was also known as a staunch advocate of ‘creolity’ and has had a major impact on postcolonial theory in the Anglo-American academy. This chapter examines his vision of creolity by focusing on his collection of essays, La Cohée du Lamentin (2005). It argues that Glissant's later work reflects a turn away from the political and its necessarily partisan commitments, a shift which necessitates a certain reconsideration of his work as a whole and its implications for postcolonial thought. The chapter also looks at Glissant's translations of globalisation into globality as well as his poetics of relation.

Keywords:   Édouard Glissant, Martinique, poetry, creolity, postcolonial theory, La Cohée du Lamentin, postcolonial thought, poetics of relation, globalisation, globality

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