While there is an attempt to install Edouard Glissant as a literary patriarch after his death, we should not forget his interest in a poetics of risk that was tied to Michel Leiris's fascination with primitive rituals in general and the bullfight in particular. Glissant's well-known rejection of systems of organization is profoundly connected to the power of this primal drama in which the subject is always off balance, identity always thrown into question in the face of the fierce charge of external reality.

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