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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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The Archipelago Goes Global

The Archipelago Goes Global

Late Glissant and the Early Modern Isolario

(p.33) 1 The Archipelago Goes Global
Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Richard Scholar

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the connection between Caribbean globalizations past and present. More specifically, it considers contemporary francophone Caribbean theorizations of global interconnectedness in relation to early modern European cartographic literature. It compares and contrasts the role played by the figure of the archipelago in the late nonfiction of Édouard Glissant and the sixteenth-century printed isolario (‘book of islands’). It discusses Glissant’s characterization of globality as a Caribbean alternative to Western political and economic globalization and suggests that the isolario offers an opportunity for early modern writing to ‘talk back’ to contemporary Caribbean thought by contesting the dominant discourse of globalization.

Keywords:   globalization, Caribbean, Europe, cartographic literature, archipelago, nonfiction, Édouard Glissant, isolario, globality

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