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Édouard Glissant and the Archipelago of the World

Sunday, 13 March 2011 21:23 Published in Literature

Born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique on September 21, 1928, Édouard Glissant, was part of a pivotal generation in the development of French Caribbean thought in the XX century – a generation that included Franz Fanon, that overlapped with that of Aimé Césaire and that set the scene for the emergence of contemporary figures, such as Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphael Confiant.


Édouard Glissant

Sunday, 26 December 2010 12:46 Published in Literature

Édouard Glissant was born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique on September 21, 1928. He attended the best school on the island, Lycée Schoelcher, where fellow countryman Aimé Cesaire had previously studied and would later teach, and where Glissant’s contemporary, Frantz Fanon, would also be educated. He was 12 years old as WWII broke out in Europe and France was invaded by Germany. In 1946 he left Martinique for Paris, where he studied History and Philosophy at the Sorbonne University.

Texaco: Oil and Caribbean literature

Sunday, 21 November 2010 17:16 Published in Literature

When the world’s addiction to oil is so intimately tied to such seismic historical movements as the Iraq War, Deepwater Horizon and climate change, one may question its relativity to literature. But it is in no sense spurious. So, let’s pull away from the centripetal force of these world-historical moments briefly. For then we can detect in literary products from the highly-prized to the largely-forgotten the wholesale, yet quotidian, transformations of ways of life, cultures, and societies that is concurrent with the use of oil.

Aime Cesaire – in my memory are lagoons

Monday, 15 November 2010 01:32 Published in Literature

Aime Cesaire, black poet and politician, died in Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France on April 17 2008, far from his ancestral lands, and as a long-serving mayor of his adopted city.  There were petitions for him to be shipped back to France and buried in the company of great French poets and literary figures there.

Aimé Césaire

Sunday, 30 May 2010 18:55 Published in Literature

Martinican poet, playwright, and politician, one of the most influential authors from the French speaking Caribbean. Aimé Césaire formulated with Léopold Senghor and Léon Gontian Damas the concept and movement of négritude, defined as "affirmation that one is black and proud of it".