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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 65–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
... literatures in a comparative Caribbbean studies framework. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 colonialism Caribbean confederation 1898 criollismo creole I began my engagement in Caribbean studies precisely by expanding my horizons beyond my specific interest in Puerto Rican literature and by proposing...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 17–34.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Simona Bertacco This essay weaves together translation and postcolonial literary studies to propose a translational model of reading for Caribbean literature. Translation and creolization provide the conceptual and aesthetic lens for reading Caribbean literary texts: If translation is an apt model...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 September 2001
...Glyne Griffith Small Axe Incorporated 2001 Deconstructing Nationalisms: Henry Swanzy, Caribbean Voices and the Development of West Indian Literature Glyne Griffi th etween 1943 and 1958, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), through its General Overseas Service...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 89–98.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Keithley Woolward Directly engaging the recent manifesto and essay collection calling for a world literature in French, this article considers the creolized, hybrid forms of geopolitical and discursive belonging of the Francophone Caribbean participants as a useful starting point for such a project...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 17–39.
Published: 01 November 2017
...L. Camille van der Marel This essay examines the relationship between debt and memory that is emerging in contemporary calls for reparation and Caribbean Canadian literature. CARICOM's and Ta-Nehisi Coates's discussions of reparatory justice, as well as David Chariandy's Soucouyant and Ramabai...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 18–32.
Published: 01 July 2023
...Dashiell Moore In Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere (2011), Raphael Dalleo draws on the concept of the field to note that Caribbean writers often “operate within a constrained set of possibilities governed by certain historically determined rules . . . from accommodation to opposition...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 246–253.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Barbara Lalla This essay reviews Belinda Edmondson’s literary yet cross-disciplinary study Creole Noise: Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and Performance (2022), which questions the Blackness of orality versus the Whiteness of narrative in the growth of Caribbean literature. Caribbean language...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 92–97.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Lowell Fiet Work on Sargasso as an independent journal of Caribbean literature, language, and culture began at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in 1983. After a successful, but not uncomplicated, launching of its first issue in 1984, the journal received support and contributions from important...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 1–16.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Kathleen DeGuzman This essay argues for an archipelagic rethinking of Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea , which has long had an uneasy fit into the category of Caribbean literature. It does so by drawing from archipelagic studies and its distinction between islands as discrete, closed-off...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 1–16.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann Given the importance of literature to various forms of social cohesion, it is not surprising that the European and US empires that have dominated the geopolitical existence of the insular Caribbean have not readily invested in literary infrastructure throughout...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 99–107.
Published: 01 July 2012
... the recurring meme of history in Caribbean literature and criticism, and his symptomatic reading of the quarrel as an ontological and epistemological anxiety. The theoretical cogency and continuing relevance of Baugh's intervention derive from his awareness and reformulation of the central critical questions...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 113–124.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Christina Kullberg In French Caribbean literature, translations from Creole to French, along with the inclusion of Creole orality in novels written in French, constitute a broader form of intracultural translation that expose problematic tensions between sameness and difference. The essay starts...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 16–35.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Mark Harris This essay asks how the soundscapes represented in Caribbean literature and music provide alternative paradigms for conceptualizing noise and silence. As American and European sound studies have drawn from the writings of John Cage, Murray Schafer, and Jacques Attali to articulate...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 78–88.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Bonnie Thomas Renowned Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé has been a practitioner of littérature-monde for decades. Despite her seminal role in French Caribbean literature she has never limited the subject of her writings, nor her physical inhabitation, to a single confined space. Her extensive...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 100–114.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Ira Mathur As the Me Too movement gathers momentum, the conversation about the historical exploitation of women and sexual power dynamics has spread to Caribbean literature. This story uses the Poui blossom that flowers in the dry season in Trinidad, an island in the Caribbean, as a metaphor...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 21–31.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Vanessa Pérez-Rosario This essay introduces the special section “The Idea of Hispanophone Caribbean Studies” with a focus on hispanopone Caribbean literature and how it is situated in the region and in the diaspora. The essay suggests the need for creating spaces of dialogue and communication...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 52–72.
Published: 01 October 2007
...Jocelyn Fenton Stitt This essay argues that Jamaican-American Michelle Cliff's writing should be understood within a new interpretive framework which sees post-independence Caribbean literature as inheriting gendered and raced legacies of Romantic nationalism. While Cliff's early work shows...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 237–245.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Tim Watson This essay is a response to Belinda Edmondson’s Creole Noise: Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and Performance (2022), which is an excellent history of literary and performative Creole in the anglophone Caribbean, tracing its roots back to the work songs of enslaved African laborers...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 104–118.
Published: 01 November 2019
... literature, postcolonial literature, and Caribbean studies, situating these shifts and movements within and against the backdrop of histories of decolonization. Birbalsingh’s early years in a plantation colony become prologue to his experience of education as a pathway to migration (a brain drain that still...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 87–95.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Caribbean Voices literary radio program broadcast to the region between 1943 and 1958. During this fifteen-year period leading up to federation, Caribbean Voices broadcast West Indian literature, as well as critical commentary by the program’s longest serving editor, Henry Swanzy, that generally emphasized...