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    Language and Being.Isabel Astrachan - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):163-176.
    In the mid-twentieth century, many philosophers took up as their aim the destruction of Western metaphysics. Martinican philosopher, novelist, poet, and playwright Édouard Glissant and German philosopher Martin Heidegger were two such authors. Driven by a profound dissatisfaction with the logocentrism of Western metaphysics and concerns over what the tradition excluded—for Glissant, the experience of the creolized and post-colonial subject, and for Heidegger, the “Question of Being”—both advocated for more creative engagement with language and advanced particular views about the link (...)
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    “Double Consciousness,” Cultural Identity and Literary Style in the Work of René Ménil.Celia Britton - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):119-132.
    The notion of double consciousness, as a characterization of black subjectivity, is basic to Ménil’s critique of the alienated “mythologies” of Antillean life and its self-exoticizing literature. Double consciousness renders cultural identity deeply problematic. But it has other, more positive, manifestations, closer to a Bakhtinian idea of dialogism. Thus he praises Césaire’s use of irony as a dual voice. Ménil’s valorization of complexity and ambiguity in literature, against the simple naturalism favoured by the Communist Party but which he insists is (...)
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    Uneasy Landscapes.Suzy Cater - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):51-66.
    This article offers an unprecedented close reading of the poetic texts created by the Martinican author René Ménil, whose poetry has been almost entirely neglected by scholars to date and who is better known for his philosophical and political writings than for his verse. I pay particular attention to Ménil’s treatment of geographical and cultural spaces in his published poetry from 1932 to 1950, and place that verse in dialogue with a text by another Martinican author at work around this (...)
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    The Tracées of René Ménil.Anjuli I. Gunaratne - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):87-118.
    The figure of the tracée is significant for Ménil’s understanding of spatio-temporality, an understanding upon which rest, so this essay argues, his concepts of critique, poetic knowledge, and literary form. The argument takes as its starting point the work Ménil did to conceptualize history as the poesis of recuperation. In doing so, the essay argues for a renewed understanding of Ménil’s contribution to Caribbean philosophy as a whole. One of the most important components of this contribution, the essay claims, is (...)
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    A Review of Teodros Kiros’s Self Definition: A Philosophical Inquiry From the Global South and Global North. [REVIEW]D. J. Hatfield - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):295-298.
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    Ban Ban Caliban: A Tribute to Kamau Brathwaite.Paget Henry - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):7-10.
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    Editor’s Note.Paget Henry - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):1-3.
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    Self, Language and Metaphysics: A Review of Teodros Kiros’s Self-Definition: A Philosophical Inquiry From the Global South and Global North. [REVIEW]Paget Henry - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):299-306.
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    W.E.B. DuBois, Racial Capitalism and Black Economic Development in the United States.Paget Henry & George Danns - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):267-291.
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    The Red and the Black.Christian Høgsbjerg - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):179-198.
    This paper seeks to situate the idea and intellectual narrative of “world revolution” in its modern historical context, tracing it back to the age of democratic revolution in the late eighteenth century, and then developed by great revolutionary thinkers like Marx and Engels. It examines the possible limitations of Marx and Engels’s vision of world revolution with respect to the Third World as a result of their European intellectual formation in the tradition of the Enlightenment, and examines the charge of (...)
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    René Ménil: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and the Antillean Subject.Justin Izzo & H. Adlai Murdoch - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):17-32.
    René Ménil was a renowned Martinican essayist, critic, and philosopher who, along with Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, and Edouard Glissant, left an indelible mark on the Franco-Caribbean world of letters and intellectual thought. Ménil saw in surrealism a critical framework, a means to the specific end of exploring and expressing the specificities of the Martinican condition. Ménil assessed Martinique’s pre-war psychological condition through the telling metaphor of relative exoticism, pointing clearly to the typically unacknowledged fact that the exotic is a (...)
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    Annie John: Analysis of Becoming a Woman and The Caribbean Mother-Daughter Relationship.Anique John - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):243-266.
    The dynamic mother-daughter relationship can be loving and supportive at best as well as contentious and tragic. It is a relationship predicated on maternal instinct which can provide direction and support for deep insight into notions of womanhood, personal and political philosophies. However, in providing this guidance, ironically this same maternal guidance can act to stifle the growth of an adolescent daughter as she transitions into womanhood. Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Annie John’ can be seen as an exemplar of this transition. Annie (...)
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    René Ménil’s Myths of Origin and Labor Activism in the French Antilles.Annette Joseph-Gabriel - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):133-152.
    Between January and February 2009, the longest general strike in French history took place in Guadeloupe and Martinique. The labor movement had far reaching implications for the relationship between France and its overseas departments. In particular, they brought to the fore France’s colonial history in the Antilles, with attendant questions of race, citizenship and sovereignty that highlighted once again the cracks in the image of Antilleans as full French citizens. René Ménil’s essays provide a unique lens through which to read (...)
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    Reinventing Humor.Corine Labridy-Stofle - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):67-85.
    On the eve of 1945, after the retreat of Admiral Robert but before the end of the war, René Ménil wrote an essay extolling humor as a quintessential literary mode of resistance and predicting that colonial authors would go on to contribute significantly to a literature of humor. This article seeks to clarify what humor means to Ménil by illuminating his engagement with Dada, the surrealist movement, Freud, and the concept of irony. In contemplating both the essay’s poetics and politics, (...)
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    A Poetics of Reimagining: The Radical Epistemologies of Wynter and Glissant.Miranda Luiz - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):155-161.
    Sylvia Wynter and Édouard Glissant are twentieth-century cultural theorists from Jamaica and Martinique, respectively. Their literary work critiques western knowledge production and the ways in which colonial modes of thinking have negatively impacted Caribbean subjectivity. This essay explores the counter-hegemonic poetics of Wynter’s essay “The Ceremony Must Be Found: After Humanism” and Glissant’s book “Poetics of Relation,” comparing their epistemologies and methods of literary production. To understand the philosophical resonances of these texts, they are situated in a framework of western (...)
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    The Last Insurrection.René Ménil & Corine Labridy-Stofle - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):33-38.
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    Dialogue with René Ménil.René Ménil, Daniel Maximin, Rebecca Krasner & Christiane Goldman - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):39-50.
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    Postcoloniality in the Age of Pandemic: A Review of Ashmita Khasnabish (Ed.) Postcoloniality, Globalization, and Diaspora: What’s Next? [REVIEW]Tracey Nicholls - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):307-311.
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    Centralism is a Dangerous Tool.William Clare Roberts - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):219-240.
    This essay seeks to bring into focus the latent political theory of CLR James’s World Revolution, 1917-1936, and to show, on this basis, how World Revolution explains certain difficult aspects of The Black Jacobins. The core of James’s theory is the thesis that social classes are organically and internally identified, and that each has a preformed and unitary interest, which can be articulated as a set of political principles. A class is called to act by the voice that expresses the (...)
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    Peril and Possibility.Candace Sobers - 2020 - Clr James Journal 26 (1):199-218.
    In a 2012 review article, Anthony P. Maingot made a case for each generation rewriting history according to its own needs and preoccupations. Everyone, he suggested, has their own C.L.R. James. Everyone, perhaps, except students of international relations and international history, where references to James’s copious and critical body of work are less common. In the spirit of finding one’s own James, this article employs The Black Jacobins and James’s other magnum opus, World Revolution,1917–1936: The Rise and Fall of the (...)
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