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Île de France: The Constructions of an Insular City in the Work of Édouard Glissant
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
2013 (English)In: Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting-pots: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures / [ed] Adlai H. Murdoch and Pascale De Souza, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2013, 117-136 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Paris may have been important for Négritude, but the city is hardly present in Césaire’s work. Likewise, Chamoiseau was educated in the capital but writes little about it. In fact, the only one among the major Martinican writers who represents Paris is the least urban of them all: Édouard Glissant. Considering the cosmopolitan dimension of the thinker of the Tout-monde, the absence of urban poetics is striking, as if his global village is precisely a village. Through the eyes of “the son and the stranger” as he describes himself in relation to Paris in Soleil de la conscience (1956), the metropolis becomes both a place of identification and alienation; Paris is first and foremost an island, linked to his native Martinique. This essay argues that throughout his work, Glissant creates an insular Paris lacking in urban characteristics. Thus, the city is distanced both from the idea of the melting-pot and the multicultural mosaic which Glissant sees as opposites to creolization and Relation.

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Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2013. 117-136 p.
Keyword [en]
Caribbean Studies, urban poetics, Glissant, Creolization, Relation, Francophone literatures
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Literature; Romance Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208202ISBN: 1-4438-4771-2ISBN: 978-1-4438-4771-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208202DiVA: diva2:651254
Available from: 2013-09-25 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2014-02-19

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