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Le territoire lmentaire chez Aim Csaire dans Cadastre et Ferrements

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This article analyses the concept of territory in Aim Csaire's poetry specifically in his late books Cadastre and Ferrements. By definition, the concept of territory implies the ideas of identity and nation which are essential for a Caribbean poet. Aim Csaire always combined political conscience with poetical conscience. By invoking the four elements, he invented a real cosmogony with flora and fauna. He also created a new poetical territory where images are subversive and political. This territory is not only re-created geographically but also linguistically. Aim Csaire did not only reshape his own country, the island of Martinique, he also reshaped his adoptive language, metropolitan French. Therefore the poet disorientates the occidental reader with his exotic subversion of French, and he succeeds in appropriating his country and his actual identity.

Keywords: L'identit; L'lment; La cosmogonie; La mtonymie; La subversion tropicale; La topographie engage; Le territoire; Reterritorialiser

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2002

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