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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 143–153.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Shanna Jean-Baptiste This essay explores the decolonial future imagined by the Black women who make up Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020). A much-needed project of historical redress, Joseph-Gabriel’s study...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 162–173.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel This response essay engages the three book discussion essays by Shanna Jean-Baptiste, Grace Sanders Johnson, and Tobias Warner on the author’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020). Building on the speculative...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 154–161.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Tobias Warner Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020) models the critical possibilities of attending to the overlooked records of Black women’s political imaginations. This discussion essay explores what happens if we...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 131–142.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Grace L. Sanders Johnson This conversation piece celebrates Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s inspiring study Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020) through the parallel histories of the Martinican theorist Suzanne Césaire and the Haitian intellectual...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 143–165.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of the African American woman turns into a squared quandary for the French Antillean woman. For her, negotiating what it means to be black and French under the universal ideal of a republican political regime is overshadowed by what being a citizen of her country—Guadeloupe, Martinique, or Guyane—might...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 164–173.
Published: 01 July 2011
... already been a complicated contest for power among British (Protestant) settlers, “French (Catholic) creoles,” the “French mulatto elite,” and the increasingly powerful the black middle and working classes—not to mention the distinct “panyol” peasantry. Until Creole Recitations, this complex...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 69–84.
Published: 01 March 2022
... gods, Maximin further upsets the perceived supremacy of the colonizer as constituted through the archives. 34 Resistance is also manifested through the voices and actions of Black women protagonists who represent those who are the most silent in French colonial records. 35 Maximin recounts...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 244–246.
Published: 01 November 2013
... to debates about sovereignty in the (French) Caribbean. After her tenure with the society, she will join Yale University's faculty as assistant professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. W endy A squith is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and an AHRC...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 205–208.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of Colonial Enlightenment DAVID SCOTT 296 pages, paper $22.95 The Libertine Colony Creolization in the Early French Caribbean DORIS GARRAWAY 408 pages, 19 b&w photos, paper $24.95 A John Hope Franklin Center Book Black Empire The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 116–139.
Published: 01 March 2003
... Characters,” in Race and the Enlightenment, ed. Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1997), 30–33. See also T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999), 24. Here Sharpley...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 91–101.
Published: 01 November 2015
... French republicanism but to deconstruct the essentialism behind the latter's purported colorblindness and challenge the persistence of antiblack racism. Ultimately, both thinkers rebut charges of divisiveness by formulating a “radical Black humanism” that recognizes the thorny complexities of France's...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 239–242.
Published: 01 November 2020
... Studies, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. deBorAh A. thoMAs is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and the director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 100–107.
Published: 01 July 2022
... history and culture, similarly has become a steady presence in French media. The year 2017 alone saw the production of several documentaries that center the experiences of Black women in France, such as Amandine Gay’s Ouvrir la voix ( Speak Up ) and Mame-Fatou Niang’s Mariannes noires . It also saw...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 129–133.
Published: 01 March 2005
... included Clara Shepard, a French teacher at the Tuskegee Institute, one of the most trou- bling aspects in Nardal’s nascent diasporic feminist practice articulated most clearly in that groundbreaking last essay of the journal is the erasure of black American women’s literary, cultural, and political...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 174–176.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020). S usan L egêne is professor of political history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and dean of the Faculty of Humanities. She has taught and published about culture and power, specifically about the deep...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 202–204.
Published: 01 September 2005
... in the center of town, to discuss the French language and its certain death (it’s only a matter of what day) with some citizens of Lyon who are visibly shaken at the impending arrival of such a catastrophe. And whom do you think they are calling on to save their language at the last minute? Blacks...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to “French France.” And class itself is racialized in interesting ways. Just as the “blackness” of Désinore's and Xantippe's skin has a disquieting effect on the middle-class mourners, so the black laborers' using their fingers to eat equally unsettles the “petits-bourgeois.” The two characteristics become...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 87–103.
Published: 01 November 2019
... from having witnessed their bravery on the battlefield. As the stage directions indicate a “ faint but growing stronger . . . sound of music and a low murmur ,” Delafosse describes the way black soldiers would sing in unison while advancing against French forces (118). 31 The same stage directions...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 43–58.
Published: 01 July 2011
... 35 • July 2011 • Shirley Tate  |  45 him, to have him with me. I’d think of him with his pals making fun of me and the other women. But I didn’t mind. I was never afraid of pain.” She doesn’t talk about love or romance, only sex, desire for black male youth and beauty, and the momentary death...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 225–227.
Published: 01 November 2015
... at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses in American and African American literatures. Her seminal essays have been collected in Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (2003), and she is currently at work on two projects: the idea of black culture and women...