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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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Composite Cultures, Chaos Wor(l)ds

Composite Cultures, Chaos Wor(l)ds

Relational Poetics, Textual Hybridity, and the Future of Opacity

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Tradition, Translation, Trauma

Jonathan Monroe

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Édouard Glissant’s work and how it moved through and beyond the legacies of the colonial past that remained frozen within the Cold War frame, and towards the thinking-imagining of a liberated ‘new world’ on the other side of the Cold War’s binary structures and hegemonic powers. Valuing poetry’s importance as, a ‘language of inquiry’, Glissant encourages a thinking-imagining that moves beyond oppositional aethetics and politics to an emphasis on multiplicities, and alternatives to dualistic thinking in all its destructive manifestations.

Keywords:   Édouard Glissant, postcoloniality, poetry, poetics, Cold War

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