Rodney Saint-Éloi is one of the most exciting contemporary writers of Haitian origin, and yet his work is little studied in the academic world. Saint-Éloi, who was born in Haiti in 1963 and migrated to Montreal, Canada, in 2001, has maintained a long and distinguished career as an author, publisher, and academic. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he established the publishing house Editions mémoire in 1991, which supported the dissemination of writers of Haitian origin to the wider world. Once resident in Montreal, he founded Mémoire d’encrier, a dynamic publisher that celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2018 and is increasingly defining itself as a cultural center for the production and celebration of diverse literary voices. Alongside his endeavors to foster the values of human dignity through literature, Saint-Éloi has forged his own literary career, primarily through poetry but also through reflective narrative and critical essays. With these dual roles he occupies a unique position as both contributor to and disseminator of a thought-provoking and passionate body of work oriented toward cultural and racial inclusivity. This essay will explore how Saint-Éloi develops certain theoretical concepts elaborated by Édouard Glissant, particularly that of Tout-monde, or the “Whole-World,” as a way to understand his role as a Haitian writer and publisher in a contemporary globalized context.
Rodney Saint-Éloi: Writer and Publisher of the “Whole-World”
Bonnie Thomas is a senior lecturer in French studies at the University of Western Australia. She has published widely in the field of francophone Caribbean literature in journals such as Small Axe, the French Review, and the International Journal of Francophone Studies and is the author of two monographs: Breadfruit or Chestnut? Gender Construction in the French Caribbean Novel (2006) and Connecting Histories: Francophone Caribbean Writers Interrogating Their Past (2017).
Bonnie Thomas; Rodney Saint-Éloi: Writer and Publisher of the “Whole-World”. Small Axe 1 November 2018; 22 (3 (57)): 28–36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7249101
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