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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 88–99.
Published: 01 March 2015
.... Themes from this conversation include the roles of black subjects in English and American popular culture, the emergence of a new black aesthetic and poetics, and the centrality of the idea of difference to Hall's late-twentieth-century understanding of black identity and culture. The essay also...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
... return of vitalism , and the discourse of White cultural nationalism afoot in representations of Puerto Rico today. rellisneyra@wesleyan.edu © 2022 by Small Axe, Inc. 2022 Caribbean literature Puerto Rico aesthetics historicity anti-Blackness The Caribs, once replaced...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... The essay examines Primus's performances, writing, and travels in the US South, as well as her extensive FBI file. What emerges is the portrait of a young woman carving out her own aesthetic and political sensibilities, some of which adhere to our understandings of the black radical tradition and others...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 175–185.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Hortense J. Spillers In a reading of Huey Copeland's Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America , Spillers examines the stakes and implications of the work against the broader perspective of black artistic practices in the sociopolitical context of the United...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 255–273.
Published: 01 July 2013
... Magazine is of singular importance to the historiography of the visual culture of the “black Atlantic.” In particular, the six essays he wrote for the magazine between 1969 and 1971, in which he meditates on the notion of “black art,” reveal the ambivalent complexities that inform his aesthetic practices...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 116–126.
Published: 01 November 2021
.... In “On How We Mistook the Map for the Territory, and Reimprisoned Ourselves in Our Unbearable Wrongness of Being, of Desêtre : Black Studies toward the Human Project,” Wynter clearly outlines how the radical liberatory project of the Black Aesthetic / Black Arts and Black Power movements became diffused...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 281–282.
Published: 01 March 2013
... University and the editorial assistant for Small Axe . He is currently working on a dissertation that focuses on literature, performance, and the question of a black aesthetic that emerges from the 1960s moment across three African and African diasporic nodes—Senegal, Jamaica, and the United States. L...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 112–134.
Published: 01 March 2009
... or black folk cul- ture—were central to the creation of a new mod- ernist aesthetics in Jamaica. Moreover, as the wife of nationalist leader Norman Manley...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 94–111.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., apartheid, imperial, neoliberal—that connect black and brown lives both in the global South and global North. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 South Africa indentureship Afro-Asian memory diaspora aesthetics apartheid blackness memory work slavery fleshiness sugarcane Indenture may be seen...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 55–75.
Published: 01 March 2015
... , to argue that the exploitation of black labor from Cuba's colonial legacy was perpetuated under the revolutionary state's agricultural policies. Through appropriating a highly politicized filmic aesthetic used by the Castro government to critique racial discrimination abroad, Coffea arábiga ironizes...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 78–87.
Published: 01 March 2015
... aesthetics put forward by black British artists, photographers, and filmmakers from the 1980s onward had on Hall's theoretically distinctive approach to diasporic questions of identity and ethnicity. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 visual arts diaspora representation identity Cultural identity...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
... exposure, giving it an electrified effect. His father’s black hair becomes the inverse color, a white halo. Playing with color and shade is an important part of Chong’s aesthetic. How do we read color in black and white photography? As if in an X-ray, the desk and part of the curtain are transformed...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 15–31.
Published: 01 November 2023
... of the region is thus expansive and socially and culturally based as it works to trouble arbitrary colonial borders and boundaries. mw1383@georgetown.edu © Small Axe, Inc. 2023 Caribbean Central America Black women’s art Black aesthetics visual culture In her 1970 landscape portrait...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 228–231.
Published: 01 September 2004
... Nationalism and the Black Aesthetic 1920–1940,” examines the careers of art- ists Aaron Douglas, Edna Manley, and Eduardo Abela and the roles each played in the national movements of America, Jamaica, and Cuba respectively. She is editor of the University of Virginia Art Museum’s permanent collection...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
... epistemology and postmodern musical aesthetics. Might it be the afro-philo-sophy, the love of black wisdom on the lower frequencies, that allows these books to bear the weight of philosophical encounter with such equanimity, ever impelled by the music that is “a step in the direction of creating hitherto...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 128–141.
Published: 01 October 2008
... that this unique poetic voice belonged somehow, but how? Surrealist metaphor was sufficiently familiar to me that I could appreciate the emotional intensity and explosive power of poems like “Les pur-sang” (“The Thoroughbreds but their context eluded me. At home the Black Aesthetic movement that accompanied...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 198–212.
Published: 01 July 2012
... and beautiful phrase from theorist Fred Moten's In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition , which, in examining black cultural forms from Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life (1845) to Adrian Piper's Untitled Performance for Max's Kansas City (1970), aims to rethink what counts...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 54–69.
Published: 01 October 2006
... turned to the dub poetry movement that was made into a potent cultural force in Jamaica by Rastafarians including poet Bongo Jerry as a way of developing a vernacular aesthetic. Such an aesthetic, LKJ believed, offered a vital connection to the lives of black diaspora youths, and responded...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
...: a return to Zion.26 Stuart Hall has described Rastafari as a cultural revolution, one that prompted the produc- tion of “a new black subject” and the embrace of “a black aesthetic.”27 Unlike former identities that hinged on clothes and accessories, this Rastafari identity was constituted from...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 41–59.
Published: 01 September 2001
... the “platitudes” of the past. Here, I am thinking of Trey Ellis’s novel of that name, as well as his exhortation: “- e New Black Aesthetic says you just have to be natural, you don’t necessarily have to wear one” (p. 236 Similarly, Lisa Jones’s description of her generation—“smart ass girls with a sense...