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Aimé Césaire

Revisiting the Poetry

Ronnie Scharfman

In July 1989, as part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, the great Martinican poet, playwright, and essayist Aimé Césaire was a special invitee of the Avignon Theatre Festival. I led a round table with him then in the context of the Institut d'Études Françaises of Bryn Mawr College. In his remarks he also read two unpublished poems. One of them, "Parcours," which I translate here as "Journey," is the subject of this article. This piece constitutes a reading of the poem as the poet's looking back, metaphorically, on his poetic journey, fifty years after the publishing of his epic poem, "Cahier d'un retour au pays natal" in 1939. This theme of looking back becomes a way to meditate on my own intellectual trajectory as a scholar of Césaire's poetry. I conclude with a poem of my own, on "Rereading Césaire Thirty Years On."

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Félix Germain

outsider with insider connections. As an American, he distinguished himself from black authors and intellectuals from France and its former colonies, who typically injected a strong dose of political activism into their novels, poems, and essays

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Black October

Comics, Memory, and Cultural Representations of 17 October 1961

Claire Gorrara

visual echo of the real lives upon which the narrative is based. On 21 October 1961, at the bandstand final, Vincent (not Mohand) begins The Gold Star’s set by reciting Kateb Yacine’s now famous protest poem “La Gueule de loup, 17 octobre 1961.” 36 In

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perspective of an outsider with insider connections. As an American, he distinguished himself from black authors and intellectuals from France and its former colonies, who typically injected a strong dose of political activism into their novels, poems, and

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Fanny Colonna

Thinking Differently Under Colonialism

Arthur Asseraf

poems. Whatever convictions led him to live this way seem to have been purely his own; he never became involved in politics. He only ever saw himself as an unexceptional man who lived a simple life, which makes him all the more intriguing to Colonna

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Alienation and Affectivity

Beauvoir, Sartre and Levinas on the Ageing Body

Kathleen Lennon and Anthony Wilde

been forced to adopt. Let us end with a poem by Grace Paley: 62 Here I am in the garden laughing an old woman with heavy breasts and a nicely mapped face how did this happen well that's who I wanted to be at last a woman

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Selective Empathy

Workers, Colonial Subjects, and the Affective Politics of French Romantic Socialism

Naomi J. Andrews

. Where liberal and monarchist journalists and fiction writers repeatedly depicted the “dangerousness” of the laboring classes, socialists rendered the workers benign and longsuffering in a variety of representations. In one of the many poems he published

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To Bear Witness After the Era of the Witness

The Projects of Christophe Boltanski and Ivan Jablonka

Donald Reid

not far away. Notes 1 Luc Boltanski’s commentary on his poem about his father, “Le rescapé,” in Poème (Paris: Arfuyen, 1993), 18. 2 Ivan Jablonka, A History of the Grandparents I Never Had , trans. Jane Kurtz (Stanford: Stanford University Press

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John H. Gillespie

powerlessness: ‘la mort de Dieu créait au poète le devoir de le remplacer; il échoue’ [the death of God created the obligation on the poet to replace Him; he fails] ( M , 154). Mallarmé’s view of the poem as suicide of man and Poetry ( M , 164), and his life of

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Hiroaki Seki

Cette vision métaphysique est encore teintée de l’influence des poèmes romantiques des Ecrits de jeunesse . La mise en italique du mot « vu » n’est pas anodine si on se rappelle que le même mot ( sehen en allemand) a été mis en italique par Schiller