RIP Edouard Glissant

Last week the Martinique-born novelist, poet, essayist and philosopher Edouard Glissant died at the age of 83. He was not only an important Caribbean author of the 20th century, he was also one of the fathers of the cultural concept of “Créolité”. He expanded the mostly afro-centric view on Créolité to what he called “Antillanité”, a “Caribbean identity [that] came not only from the heritage of ex-slaves, but was equally influenced by indigenous Caribbeans, European colonialists, East Indians and Chinese [..].” 

via (with bibliography)

It was Cesaire’s Negritude that opened to us the path for the actuality of a Caribbeanness which from then on could be postulated, and which itself is leading to another yet unlabelled degree of authenticity. Cesairian Negritude is a baptism, the primal act of our restored dignity. We are forever Cesaire’s sons.
—  Confiant et al, In Praise of Creoleness
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