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The CLR James Journal

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published on December 18, 2019

Benjamin P. Davis
DOI: 10.5840/clrjames2019121763

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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