Aimé Césaire

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 16, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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Aim C saire is arguably the best-known poet in the French Caribbean. His poetry and drama have established his formidable reputation as the leading francophone poet and elder statesman of the twentieth century. In this study Gregson Davis examines the evolution of C saire's poetic career and his involvement with many of the most seminal political and aesthetic movements of the twentieth century. Davis relates C saire's extraordinary dual career as writer and elected politician to the recurrent themes in his writings. As one of the most profound critics of colonialism, C saire, the acknowledged inventor of the famous term 'negritude', has been a hugely influential figure in shaping the contemporary discourse on the postcolonial predicament. Gregson Davis's account of C saire's intellectual growth is grounded in a careful reading of the poetry, prose and drama that illustrates the full range and depth of his literary achievement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the making of a poet
4
Journal of a Homecoming
20
the forging of Miracle Weapons
62
from Sun Cut Throat to Cadaster
92
5 The turn to poetic drama
126
me laminaria
163
Epilogue
178
Notes
185
Bibliography
194
Index
207
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