Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant
Nick Nesbitt is Professor of French and Italian at Princeton University. His books include 'Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature' (University of Virginia Press, 2003) and 'Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment' (University of Virginia Press, 2008).
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: The Caribbean Critical Imperative I. Tropical Equality: The Politics of Principle . 1 Foundations of Caribbean Critique: From Jacobinism to Black Jacobinism . 2 Victor Schoelcher, Tocqueville, and the Abolition of Slavery . 3 Aimé Césaire and the Logic of Decolonization . 4 ‘Stepping Outside the Magic Circle’: The Critical Thought of Maryse Condé . 5 Édouard Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-leftism II. Critique of Caribbean Violence . 6 Jacobinism, Black Jacobinism, and the Foundations of Political Violence . 7 The Baron de Vastey and the Contradictions of Scribal Critique . 8 Revolutionary Inhumanism: Fanon’s On Violence . 9 Aristide and the Politics of Democratization III. Critique of Caribbean Relation . 10 Édouard Glissant: From the Poétique de la relation to the Transcendental Analytic of Relation . 11 Césaire and Sartre: Totalization, Relation, Responsibility . 12 Militant Universality: Absolutely Postcolonial . Conclusion: Aimé Césaire: The Incandescent I, Destroyer of Worlds Appendix: Letter of Jean-François, Belair, and Biassou/ Toussaint, July 1792 Notes Bibliography Index
Nesbitt has made an important and highly original contribution to such debates.
New West Indian Guide 88
Nesbitt’s book may be read as a survey, it also offers extremely succinct, complex, and compelling new perspectives on polemical issues that inhabit our work as professors, pedagogues, and intellectuals today …
Contemporary French Civilization, Vol. 39, No. 3
… the book fills an important gap in francophone Caribbean studies, which has always had a strong theoretical component but, arguably, has not previously been subject to such a rigorously philosophical critical treatment. … latest study will prove to be a landmark, indeed seminal, work in Caribbean Critique.
French Studies, Vol. 68, no 2
This is a very important and exciting book. Extending to the whole of the French Caribbean his previous work on the philosophical bases of the Haitian Revolution, Nesbitt has produced the first ever account of the region’s writing from a consistently philosophical, as distinct from literary or historical, standpoint.
University College London
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: May 31, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 26