n African Renaissance - Variations métisses. Dix étaphores pour penser le métissage, Chanson Philippe (ed.) : book review

Volume 13, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This is a magnificent book, right from the introduction and the quotes taken from Montaigne, Gide, Césaire, Laplantine and Nouss, right to its conclusion, opening to a vast, open-minded and multiple universe. Chanson patiently explores the various components of a metissage presented here by twelve authors chosen for their impact on the advancing of research: Segalen, Lévi-Strauss, Bastide, Deleuze and Guattari, Balandier, Ricoeur, Depestre, Gruzinski, Amselle, Laplantine and Nouss. Each of the ten chapters starts with a short presentation of the author studied, his time and thought, before opening a key publication addressed to a university public. This is an invitation to discover at close range and in their context, some of the metaphors of a cultural mix characterised by variety and presented successively as mosaic, rhizome or banyan, but equally as craft, movement, story-text,melange, connection and vibration. These metaphors, inspired by various schools of thought and coming from often distant horizons ranging from poetics to physics, biology and philosophy, are each supported by the study of a key publication.

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