The revolutionary Afro-Americas

Millery Polyné and Anne Eller discuss Césaire’s revolutionary Nature

Response: Quid Proprium: Aimé Césaire, Nature, and the Revolutionary Americas

These limbs of nature are critical to a revolutionary consciousness and the making of Creole and post-colonial identity, even though that process of post-colonialism in the Americas and beyond has yet to be fully realized. 

Counter-response: The tree that says “yes”: Césaire’s Nature and Revolutionary Universalism

Pseudoscience, pseudohumanism, and “thingification” of the natural and human world are at the center of the colonial project; new epistemologies are imperative.

Rejoinder: “I see terribly I see”: Césaire’s (Dis)abled and the Optics of an Anticolonial Universalism

“The assault on “Black Liberty” does not, in this particular revolutionary case, undermine the goals and abilities of African-descended peoples to thwart slavery and, in many respects, colonialism.”

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