In "Creolization", Edouard Glissant, one of the most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary - and the most prominent poet, novelist, and philosopher of the French Caribbean - presents a summary of his views on the post-colonial identity of the region. Glissant points to the Creole language as the defining symbol of creolization. Like the culture itself, the language spoken by the majority of the people challenges the French influence and incorporates a diversity of cultures.It is itself a modern Tower of Babel, creating a new society while simultaneously contributing to the fragmentation of the region. In his novels, Glissant has recorded the anticolonial revolt and liberation of Afro-Caribbeans. In his essays and theoretical studies, Glissant's topics have ranged from Eurocentric cultural imperialism to multilingualism and the creolization of cultures and values. He is notable for his attempts to trace parallels between the history and culture of the Caribbean and those of Latin America and the plantation era of the American south.
Edouard Glissant, CUNY was born in Martinique and studied in France. His calls for decolonization led to Charles de Gaulle banning him from returning to Martinique. When the ban was lifted, he returned to Martinique and founded the Institut Martiniquais d'Etudes and the journal Acoma. Sylvie Glissant, a collaborator with her husband on several books, provides the illustrations for this edition.