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Caribbean CritiqueAntillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant$
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Nick Nesbitt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318665

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.001.0001

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Édouard Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-Leftism

Édouard Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-Leftism

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(p.133) CHAPTER FIVE Édouard Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-Leftism
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Caribbean Critique
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Nick Nesbit

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.003.0006

Chapter analyses the political and critical orientation of Glissant's early writing through Le discours antillais (1981). Examines in detail Glissant's first novel La lézarde and the banned Les Antilles et la Guyane à l’heure de la decolonization from 1961. Argues that these texts articulate a strong, if never unreserved, call for the autonomy of Martinique in the years of decolonization. Analyzes Le discours antillais, focusing on Glissant's concept of the ‘event,’ arguing that in the context of Martinique's continued and baleful ‘successful colonization’ by France in the wake of 1946, a political event such as independence has become an impossible and ever-receding horizon.

Keywords:   Edouard Glissant, Le discours antillais, Les Antilles et la Guyane à l’heure de la decolonization

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