Faculty Book: Édouard Glissant
Mémoires des esclavages : La fondation d'un centre national pour la mémoire des esclavages et de leurs abolitions (Broché)
(Gallimard/Documentation Française, 2007)
In France, May 10 is a national holiday that memorializes the transatlantic slave trade and the abolition of slavery. This short treatise, a militant manifesto for the “Remembrance of Slavery” proposed by Édouard Glissant to Dominique de Villepin and to all French people, urges us to reflect on the idea of shared memories, within France, of different forms of slavery, as well as on the future French “National Center for the Remembrance of Slavery and its Abolition.” His reflections contribute philosophically to the basic design of this center as he strives to study the difficulties that can occur, the differences of opinion that will manifest themselves, on the occasion of its creation. A theoretical introduction followed by four chapters allows him to develop his thoughts. The treatise is aimed at revealing the processes of “creolization” in today’s world and the principles of non-aggression that flow from that creolization. Édouard Glissant is a distinguished professor of French at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: MAY 16, 2007