The Great Black Hole: Reading for the Ghost in Césaire’s "Cahier d’un retour au pays natal," 1939
This piece is experimental in many ways. It brings play to the most serious of subjects, but not unwarranted, I hope. It is my first openly interpretive offering of some length and rigor. The thrust of the argument depends on a distortion of reading I call reading for the ghost. Jumping back and forth between contradictory statements and formal kinships I aim to paint a tableau, a figure in the carpet if you will, of the poem’s return to and from the gaps in colonial historiography.
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