“Breadfruit, time and again: Reading Glissant in the World Relation”
According to Glissant,the temporal contradictions endemic to Faulkner's prose are not in themselves problematic because such narrative recursivity is endemic to life in the Americas, as ‘the various ways of telling one single fact’ constitute ‘the stream of consciousness that summarizes (or at least tries to) the circumstances of the country’.
In thinking about this, Glissant turns to the figure of the breadfruit, taking the complex and signifying fruit as the sign that might decode the whole of the rest of Faulkner's writing. In this essay, I take a digital writing-influenced perspective on Glissant's turn to the breadfruit as rhizomatic. I also look at Glissant's journey to Rowan Oak, Faulkner's estate, and the soft melancholy engendered in his racialized encounter with a concretely Faulknerian space.