Each of the authors in this collection takes up a different aspect of Glissant’s work and extends it in different directions. twentieth-century French philosophy (Bergson, Badiou, Meillassoux), the cannon of Caribbean literature, North American literature and cultural theory, and contemporary cultural politics in Glissant’s home country of Martinique all receive close, critical treatment. What emerges from this collection is a vision of Glissant as a deeply philosophical thinker, whose philosophical character draws from the deep resources of Caribbean memory and history. Glissant’s central notions of rhizome, chaos, opacity, and creolization are given a deeper and wider appreciation through accounts of those resources in detailed conceptual studies.
Marisa Parham is associate professor of English at Amherst College. She is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature (2008).
H. Adlai Murdoch, Professor of French, Tufts University, USA; Seanna Sumalee Oakley, Associate Professor of English, University of Nebraska, USA; Clevis Headley, Professor of Philosophy, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Marisa Parham, Associate Professor of Enlgish, Amherst College, USA; John E. Drabinski, Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College, USA; Hanétha Vété-Conglolo, Associate Professor of French, Bowdoin College; Max Hantel, Graduate Student, Rutgers University, USA; Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College, USA