Since the introduction of his concept of the “Tout-Monde,” the poet and philosopher, essayist, novelist, and playwright Édouard Glissant and his literary œuvre have inspired an ever-growing critical attention within the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Structured around his notions of the “Relation” and creolization, Glissant’s theory of an “archipelagic” future in our ever more complex and unpredictable world has since become the inspiration for numerous academic projects (articles, conferences, seminars, and expositions), artistic works (poetry, theatre, dance, films, and the visual arts), and political advancements.
This growing interest has been particularly notable in academia. In the United States, Glissant’s thought has attracted the attention of numerous academics and plays an increasingly significant role in literary debates. This is also true in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan and Northern Africa, and in Japan, where the study of Francophone Caribbean writers is becoming more prevalent. Another indication of the growing interest in Glissant studies is that works that have long been relegated to literary studies are now included in other critical fields and disciplines (postcolonial theory, cultural criticism, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, history, and musicology).
Recognizing this growing interest within the academic world has also revealed an obvious need for a reliable and accessible tool that catalogs works about and by Glissant to supplement existing databases, which have been unable to provide an exhaustive bibliography or correctly categorize works pertaining to Glissant Studies by language, region, or subject. As a result, many of Glissant's works have been unavailable (as with some first editions of his books or the poem Terra), while other texts remain completely unknown to researchers today. Prefaces, catalogs of different artists, articles published in the press or in collections, files on the Lettres nouvelles or the Courrier de l’Unesco, interviews, and conference transcripts: all constitute a part of Glissant’s body of work still to be discovered and explored in order to understand the profound extent of his writing. In fact, Glissant’s essays – what he himself called his “real books” – were often derived from lectures, articles, and interviews. The whole genesis of his œuvre and of these “tiny tangents” (infimes déviance) is identifiable in each of these so-called “occasions” which trace the path of Glissant’s philosophical and creative development.
The Library of Glissant Studies (LoGS) project proposes to correct through two principal initiatives: