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Tropiques (1941-1945) : dissidences en résonances

Abstract : “We wanted to publish a cultural journal because we couldn’t do anything else. We wanted this journal to be an instrument that would enable Martinique to redefine itself.” Hence, Césaire and those contributing to the journal outline not only an adjuration to resist fascism, the Occupation, or the neo-colonial order but also the new aesthetic orientations at the heart of the deep-rooted quest to explore what constitutes Caribbeanness and Caribbean identities. This “dissent” from the order, culture, and the established aesthetics turns into a poetry of the “encounter” as claimed later on by Césaire: an encounter with Latin American or African American intellectuals in accordance with the intellectual thrust of a polyphonic journal seeking to recount the political, aesthetic, or formal dissent “in resonance” with what, by Césaire’s own admission, makes the Antillean intellectual stand in “solidarity” with his/her own people and also “with the whole world.”
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Dominique Diard. Tropiques (1941-1945) : dissidences en résonances. Revue de Litterature Comparee, Klincksieck 2017, 2 (364), pp.390-403. ⟨10.3917/rlc.364.0390⟩. ⟨hal-02333365⟩



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