Trans-Atlantic networks and contexts

Christopher Winks and Carrie Noland debate Césaire’s perspective on poverty.

Response: Incurable Thirst: Six Theses for Aimé Césaire

“His use of cataclysmic imagery and coruscating invective links him not only with Surrealist revolt but with a deep Black diasporic tradition of the language of apocalypse, of a complete rupture with the institutional and psychic structures of oppression.

Counter-response: “La misère d’une poésie”; a poetry of poverty

“I believe that what Césaire is really doing in the Cahier is trying to find a poetic language for poverty, a language crouched in the interstices of ideology, a language of particular apprehensions adequate to describing the experience of living in ‘mud and shit…’”

Rejoinder: “Making Diamonds out of Insults”

Part of the Notebook‘s power lies precisely in its juxtaposition of, or oscillation between, poverty and plenitude .

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On December 5, over the course of one day, you are invited to help to help us compile the largest online bibliography of primary and secondary sources related to Césaire. The main group will gather at the Studio@Butler, but you are welcome to join us from anywhere. Open to students, scholars, librarians, and technologists the researchathon will train and organize task-based teams (data entry, web and catalog research, programming, etc) and go live at the end of the day. To learn more or get ready visit our researchathon page.