New Publication: Revue des Sciences Humaines, Special Issue on Édouard Glissant


Revue des Sciences Humaines [The Human Sciences Review], has just published its special issue Entours d’Édouard Glissant (No. 309/January -March 2013), edited by par Valérie Loichot.

Description: Exponent of the notions of Creolization, the “Relation,” and the “Tout-Monde,” Glissant pens a monumental corpus of novel-frescoes; epic poems; and philosophical, poetic, and political essays. He calls all of this poétrie, the act of kneading (pétrir) the dough of language and the imagination. The term Entours in the title, refers both to the ecology of the author and to his human entourage. From Martinique and Guadeloupe, Morocco and Cameroon, France, Switzerland, and Belgium, the United States and Great Britain, the voices of academics and poets come together to offer Glissant a fitting tribute to his worldview/global dimension.

The four sections of the book, “Relations,” “Entours,” “Politiques,” and “Offrandes”  [Relations, Surroundings, Politics, and Offerings] evoke the affinities of Glissant’s work with medieval philology, anthropology, the Rastafarian movement, and writings of the Holocaust; the breathtaking and tragic dimensions of his landscape; the political commitments and wanderings of the author from the struggle for independence to the commemoration of abolition of slavery; and the lost friend whose legacy is still alive.

Valérie Loichot holds a PhD in French from Louisiana State University. She is a professor of French and English at Emory University, specializing in Francophone studies, Caribbean literature and culture, literature of the Americas, and postcolonial theory. Loichot is the author of Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (2007) and The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (2013) [see previous post New Book: Valérie Loichot’s “The Tropics Bite Back—Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature”].

She has also published articles on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, feminism and exile, and food studies in journals including Callaloo, Études francophones, French Cultural Studies, The French Review, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism. She is now at work on her third book entitled Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole: from New Orleans to Martinique.

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