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Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Shirley Anne Tate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381717

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381717.001.0001

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World Systems and the Creole, Rethought*

World Systems and the Creole, Rethought*

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(p.26) Chapter 2 World Systems and the Creole, Rethought*
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Creolizing Europe
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381717.003.0003

Gaytri Chakravorty Spivak addresses the limitations in grasping the theoretical and policy implications of the proposal of creolization. Discussing reolity rather than kinship as a model for comparativist practice, Spivak suggests that we start with Dante’s understanding of popular Italian as varieties of Creole and his choice of an aristocratic (‘curial’) political Creole as ‘Italian’, because this will enable us to perceive the beginnings of European nationalisms as grounded on a creolized understanding of themselves while asserting kinship. In a second step, asserting literature’s capacity to inaugurate an ‘experience of the impossible’, Spivak discusses Glissant’s creolization as a project that gives us a way of thinking outside of the exigencies of activism and beyond the identitarian politics implicated in the European project.

Keywords:   Creolity, Creolization, Comparativist, Creole, Literature

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