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Tim Watson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190852672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190852672.001.0001

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“L’Ethnologue de Soi-même”

“L’Ethnologue de Soi-même”

Édouard Glissant and Francophone Anthropology

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(p.121) 4. “L’Ethnologue de Soi-même”
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Culture Writing
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Tim Watson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190852672.003.0005

This chapter analyzes the early novels of Édouard Glissant set in Martinique, which are more anthropological than critics have realized up to now, as well as his early essays. Glissant studied anthropology in Paris (where Michel Leiris was his adviser), and even though he was an anticolonial writer and activist, he turned in his literary work toward the human science that was most marked by its birth under colonialism, anthropology. The chapter ends by arguing that Glissant’s literary meditation, Soleil de la conscience, can be read as a kind of ethnographic chronicle of Paris in the 1950s, a Caribbean anthropology of the French Métropole.

Keywords:   Édouard Glissant, Michel Leiris, Paris, ethnography, Martinique

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