In a no-holds-barred review of his participation in the ongoing interpretation of Aimé Césaire's poetry and its relationship to the changing face of identity politics in France, the French West Indies, and the United States, the author highlights some particularly significant moments: Black Power and Black Nationalism at the end of the 1960s and into the '70s; the political monumentalization of Césaire in Martinique between the late 1970s and his ninetieth-birthday celebration in 2003; and the creation of two book series to serve as cultural intermediaries—CARAF Books and New World Studies.

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