African Lit & Culture

Edouard Glissant Seminar (Grad.) The class will explore Edouard Glissant's poetics and philosophy from the publication of his seminal text: Le discours Antillais (1981), where he theorized "Creolization" as a movement beyond Negritude and Eurocentrism. This introductory section of the course will focus on Glissant's work with Presence Africaine, and the poets of Negritude in general, and Aime Cesaire, in particular. We will then focus on the evolution of Glissant's "Poe-cept," (see Patrick Chamoiseau), from Creolization to "Relation," beginning with The Poetics of Relation (1990), The class will explore here the relationship between Glissant and Deleuze and Guattari (Mille Plateaux). At issue here will be the concepts--poecepts--of relational identity, rhizomes, and multiplicity, etc. We will devote the final section of the class on Glissant's theory of Tout-Monde (Traite du tout-monde, 1997), where he developed the concepts/poecepts of quakeful thinking, intuitive solidarity, etc.

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Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Manthia Diawara
M: 4:55 PM - 7:35 PM 19UP 229