Édouard Glissant

(b. 1928)

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Caribbeanwriter and critical theorist. He is best known as one of the principal architects behind Creoleness, the movement to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, and political heterogeneity of the Caribbean. Shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1992, the year fellow Caribbean Derek Walcott won it, Glissant is the author of several novels as well as collections of poetry and essays. Perhaps because he is Francophone, his work has not received the attention it deserves in Postcolonial Studies. In his theoretical writings he acknowledges the influence of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, especially their concept of the rhizome.

Subjects: Literature.

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