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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 35–51.
Published: 01 November 2014
... to caution that it is always important to ask about the ideological construction of the theory-problems in our scholarship. The essay then turns to a discussion of the problem-space that makes intelligible why and how C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins is constructed as an exploration of the Haitian...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 87–103.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Raj Chetty This essay approaches the stage versions of Toussaint Louverture (1934) and The Black Jacobins (1967), first, to emphasize the role of C. L. R. James’s collaborations in the creation of the plays, and second, to argue that the latter version of the play presents a radical feminism...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 24–42.
Published: 01 July 2011
... their part in the shaping of James's majestic The Black Jacobins . © 2011 by Small Axe, Inc. 2011 “A Thorn in the Side of Great Britain”: C. L. R. James and the Caribbean Labour Rebellions of the 1930s Christian Høgsbjerg Robert A. Hill once suggested that C. L. R. James’s The Black...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 152–162.
Published: 01 November 2010
... something significant about Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit stands or falls on his knowledge of the Haitian Revolution; and the second concerns her curious reading of C.L.R. James' T he Black Jacobins , as mainly “information,” rather than itself an attempt to theorize the Haitian Revolution as universal...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 129–145.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Nick Nesbitt This essay argues that Aimé Césaire remained committed to a nonaligned, tricontinental Marxism well beyond his resignation from the Parti Communiste Français in 1956. It describes this commitment positively in relation to “black Jacobinism” as well as the limitations of Césaire's...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2009
... World in Atlanta, through which many Caribbean intellectuals passed and spoke and exchanged ideas on their formations and their projects. Memorably, C. L. R. James’s lectures on The Black Jacobins were delivered there in the summer of 1971.1 It seems to me that this is just one...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 27–42.
Published: 01 July 2013
... history—Eric Williams's Capitalism and Slavery and C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins —were designed as antidotes to European notions of legitimacy and governance. 5 Williams himself saw his project as one of reworking and reevaluating “our conceptions of history and economic and political...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 39–70.
Published: 01 September 2003
... in the novel’s structure is unexpected because it breaks into the larger narrative. I fi rst came across it not in Lamming’s novel but in a radically diff erent context: in the 1963 appendix to C. L. R. James’s Th e Black Jacobins.³ I have always been aff ected by James’s afterword...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 182–189.
Published: 01 July 2021
... of this “Caribbean method,” Kamugisha usefully outlines “three broad trends” in Caribbean writing (6), the first being something of a canon in Caribbean critical thought, from The Black Jacobins (C. L. R. James) to Peau noire, masques blancs (Fanon), from Slave Society in the British Leeward Islands at the End...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 147–162.
Published: 01 November 2015
...: Princeton University Press, 2006), 6. 25 Michael Cronin, Translation in the Digital Age (London: Routledge, 2012), 75. 26 C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938; repr., New York: Vintage, 1963). 27 Susan Gillman, “Black...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 66–83.
Published: 01 November 2023
... relationship that Lewis alerts us to. I want to argue that there is indeed a generational relationship of continuity and discontinuity, specifically between James’s The Black Jacobins , Williams’s Capitalism and Slavery , and Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa . I want to suggest that these books...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 134–149.
Published: 01 March 2005
... HHayesayes black intellectuals, one cannot sidestep the provocative proposition that C. L. R. James EEdwardsdwards makes most categorically in the appendix to Th e Black Jacobins: “Th e fi rst step to free- dom was to go abroad I consider this to pose a question, rather than to set the only possible...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 16–23.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., since he was acutely aware that between 1791 and 1804 a revolutionary ideal had entered the New World and that the Caribbean had become one of those explosive borders of enlightened modernity. As James vividly reminds us in Black Jacobins, the Haitian Revolution would take the French Revolution...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., and this permitted him to situate the self-activity of black workers as a vital force within the revolutionary struggle in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. 10 But perhaps nowhere is his creative reading of Marx better reflected than in his analysis of slave labor in The Black Jacobins . “The slaves...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2014
... of workers to submit to capitalist command. While James's analysis is focused on Fordist capitalism in US cities such as Detroit, the theoretical roots of this dialectic lay in James's explorations of slavery in the Atlantic world. The Black Jacobins (1938) had already privileged the self-activity...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 177–183.
Published: 01 June 2007
... edition of C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins, this classic work was the second he read about Toussaint Louverture, and “the main platform” he used to begin writing his trilogy.3 He shares with James, he notes—along with “a few other people”—an “enduring, even incurable...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 150–158.
Published: 01 September 2003
... Catherine’s narrative in her introduction and Garvey’s career in her closing paragraph. It brought home to me, not for the fi rst time, how diffi cult it has proven to be for contemporary scholars on both sides of the color line to match C. L. R. James’s accomplishment, in Th e Black Jacobins...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
... unable to escape the prejudices they held of the British Caribbean and Haiti. It has long been widely appreciated that the publication of C. L. R. James's masterpiece, The Black Jacobins , in 1938 sounded a new era in Caribbean history writing. In that book Trinidadian writer and Marxist thinker...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 1–13.
Published: 01 October 2008
.... L. R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938; reprint, London: Allison and Busby, 1980), 63. small axe 27 • October 2008 • p 1–13 • ISSN 0799-0537 2 | SX27 • Interpreting 2004: Politics, Memory, Scholarship Trouillot, focusing here...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
...) produces the “informed speculation as a theoretical method” (to use Johnson’s). 10 Both essays, in fact, seem to echo James as he reflected on his writing of Black Jacobins : “Speculative thought is important, and unless you are doing speculative thought you are not doing any thought at all. You...