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The CLR James Journal

Volume 25, Issue 1/2, Fall 2019

Benjamin P. Davis
Pages 59-70

The Politics of Édouard Glissant’s Right to Opacity

The central claim of this essay is that Édouard Glissant’s concept of “opacity” is most fruitfully understood not as a built-in protection of a population or as a summary term for cultural difference, but rather as a political accomplishment. That is, opacity is not a given but an achievement. Taken up in this way, opacity is relevant for ongoing decolonial work today.

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