Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations

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John E. Drabinski, Marisa Parham
Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015 - Creoles in literature - 175 pages
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Édouard Glissant's work has begun to make a significant impact on francophone studies and some corners of postcolonial theory. His literary works and criticism are increasingly central to the study of Caribbean literature and cultural studies. This collection focuses on the particularly philosophical register of Glissant's thought. Each of the authors in this collection takes up a different aspect of Glissant's work and extends it in different directions. twentieth-century French philosophy (Bergson, Badiou, Meillassoux), the cannon of Caribbean literature, North American literature and cultural theory, and contemporary cultural politics in Glissant's home country of Martinique all receive close, critical treatment. What emerges from this collection is a vision of Glissant as a deeply philosophical thinker, whose philosophical character draws from the deep resources of Caribbean memory and history. Glissant's central notions of rhizome, chaos, opacity, and creolization are given a deeper and wider appreciation through accounts of those resources in detailed conceptual studies.

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John E. Drabinski is professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. His many publications include Levinas and the Postcolonial (2011), which won the Frantz Fanon Book Prize, Godard Between Identity and Difference (2008) and Sensibility and Singularity (2001). Hi is co-editor of the Journal of French and Francophone Studies. Marisa Parham is associate professor of English at Amherst College. She is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature (2008). Contributors: H. Adlai Murdoch, Professor of French, Tufts University, USA; Seanna Sumalee Oakley, Associate Professor of English, University of Nebraska, USA; Clevis Headley, Professor of Philosophy, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Marisa Parham, Associate Professor of Enlgish, Amherst College, USA; John E. Drabinski, Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College, USA; Hanétha Vété-Conglolo, Associate Professor of French, Bowdoin College; Max Hantel, Graduate Student, Rutgers University, USA; Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College, USA

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