1. Contexts; 2. The poetic intention: Un champ d'iles, La terre inquiete, Les Indes, Soleil de la conscience; 3. Novels of time and space: La lezarde, Le quatrieme siecle; 4. Writing the 'real country': L'intention poetique, Malemort, Boises, Monsieur Toussaint; 5. Towards a theory of Antillanite: La case du commandeur, Le discours antillais; 6. A poetics of chaos: Pays reve, pays reel, Mahagony, Poetique de la relation.
First full-length study of influential novelist, poet and theorist of Caribbean and post-colonial literature.
"Dash does a masterly job of discussing the important themes, images, and structures of Glissant's work as a poet, a novelist, and an essayist. As well as concise summaries of the critical reaction, Dash, who has translated two of Glissant's books, provides good translations for the numerous, useful quotations, making his book a fine introduction to a difficult but outstandimg writer." Adele King, World Literature Today