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What Is Trauma to the Future?: On Glissant’s Poetics

What Is Trauma to the Future?: On Glissant’s Poetics What Is Trauma to the Future? On Glissant's Poetics john e. drabinski How then to do things with tears?--Deliver us Zion, from the mist. Kill us in the light. Allen Grossman, "How to do things with tears" In "The Formation of Intellectuals," Antonio Gramsci writes: It can be seen that the "organic" intellectuals which each new class creates with itself and elaborates in its own progressive development are for the most part "specializations" of partial aspects of the primitive activity of the new social type which the new class has brought to light.1 The question of individual and collective identity is at stake in these remarks. Intellectual work, on Gramsci's account, is both self-articulation and collective transformation. That is to say, the function of the intellectual is both to articulate the un(der)articulated inner-life of a class and to begin with nearly nothing. The intellectual, at least potentially, both transforms and creates the relation of subaltern classes to history--that is, to their muted history. This relation is always something new and so is a characteristic that differentiates the transformative creator, the "organic intellectual," from the bourgeois institution of "the thinker." Whereas the insti- tution of the intellectual (professor, politician, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

What Is Trauma to the Future?: On Glissant’s Poetics

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What Is Trauma to the Future? On Glissant's Poetics john e. drabinski How then to do things with tears?--Deliver us Zion, from the mist. Kill us in the light. Allen Grossman, "How to do things with tears" In "The Formation of Intellectuals," Antonio Gramsci writes: It can be seen that the "organic" intellectuals which each new class creates with itself and elaborates in its own progressive development are for the most part "specializations" of partial aspects of the primitive activity of the new social type which the new class has brought to light.1 The question of individual and collective identity is at stake in these remarks. Intellectual work, on Gramsci's account, is both self-articulation and collective transformation. That is to say, the function of the intellectual is both to articulate the un(der)articulated inner-life of a class and to begin with nearly nothing. The intellectual, at least potentially, both transforms and creates the relation of subaltern classes to history--that is, to their muted history. This relation is always something new and so is a characteristic that differentiates the transformative creator, the "organic intellectual," from the bourgeois institution of "the thinker." Whereas the insti- tution of the intellectual (professor, politician,

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Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 21, 2010

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