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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 65–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel This essay reflects on the colonial Spanish Caribbean as a heuristic that enriches Caribbean studies. First, it meditates on the usefulness and limitations of applying the category of the Spanish Caribbean to the analysis of some pre- and post-seventeenth-century texts...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 49–64.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Ada Ferrer While Caribbean studies appears to be an established domain of inquiry, it often fails to fully incorporate the islands of the Hispanic Caribbean. Studies of the Hispanic Caribbean, meanwhile, are generally dominated by island-specific work. This essay considers the appeal and limits of...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 159–168.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Jafari S. Allen This short appreciation of Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom by Mimi Sheller—one of the leading theorists of mobility studies and the author of numerous works that have expanded our understanding of transits to and around the Caribbean—emphasizes the...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 185–196.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Leon Wainwright This essay reflects on the contribution made by Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean (2011) to alternative futures for the Caribbean-focused study of art and its histories. Wainwright emphasizes the need for better attention to the complex “geopolitics of time” that is...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 189–198.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the equivalential linkages that, according to Laclau, may rise to challenge and reformulate hegemonic formations” (7). Indeed, Caribbean scholarship—including history and literary studies—can be deeply masculinist, often taking for granted the notion that men create and women symbolize . Too...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 8–26.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Michelle Stephens This essay explores the visual arts for models of an archipelagic way of thinking that is endemic to the Caribbean and yet obscured by nationalist frameworks. Unpacking the ways Caribbean studies is imbricated within and articulated through a number of discourses—area studies, the...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 27–42.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Deborah A. Thomas This essay discusses the process of field formation within Caribbean studies in relation to the building of archives, challenging Eurocentric conceptualizations of history and history making as well as counterdominant tropes about the region and the people who have inhabited it...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 74–87.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Jorge L. Giovannetti This essay advances the definition of Caribbean studies as a practice . Rather than understanding this field of study as a preconceived category open for arbitrary self-appointment, a Caribbeanist practice should be something “which in fact happens (and can be shown to have...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
...—accomplishes. In truth, given the context of both the Brathwaitian model and the Caribbean studies symposium, my aim is threefold. First, to use Afrofuturism to elucidate some of the tenets of Brodber's novel. Second, given the cosmological context from which I approach this reading, I am also asking what...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Harvey Neptune Caribbean studies, institutionalized from inception as part of the “third world,” might be beneficially reconceptualized minus the postwar geopolitical presumptions of three worlds and, remapped, instead, within the two-world schema. To resituate the Caribbean this way enables...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
...David Scott This essay urges that in considering the question of Caribbean studies we think not only about the substantive content of our work but also about the senses in which this work makes assumptions about the idea and project of Caribbean studies as a conceptual-ideological field. The essay...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 210–217.
Published: 01 July 2009
... investigation of the role of anthropological knowledge within Caribbean Studies. As such, Travels opens a window on the anthropological contribution to more general debates about nation-building throughout the circum-Caribbean. The author tracks anthropology's disciplinary history vis-à-vis the Caribbean in...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 186–196.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo Apart from the fact that it is one of very few book-length studies of a Caribbean-based British Caribbean black intellectual from the nineteenth century, and one of even fewer written by a literary studies scholar, Faith L. Smith's Creole Recitations stands out because of the...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 173–180.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Rivke Jaffe This essay engages with Exceptional Violence and builds on Deborah Thomas's attention to state formation, statecraft, and political community to tentatively explore how “the state” has featured in Caribbean studies and what the role of Caribbeanist anthropologists has been and might be...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Silvio Torres-Saillant This essay sustains that to earn credibility as a field seeking academic identity de lege , Hispanic Caribbean studies must address the legacy of the colonial past that keeps people in the Antillean world from communicating productively across national borders and language...
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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 (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 136–153.
Published: 01 July 2013
... studies and particularly for conceiving of Caribbean visual culture. It considers ways the exploration of Caribbean art practices and research of Caribbean visual culture might require reconsideration as global and interconnected structures requiring a transnational and intercultural approach. Insight of...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 218–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... essay draws on the history of Caribbean studies to consider possible new directions. Further Travels Richard Price There is a force of exultation, a celebration of luck, when a writer finds himself a witness to the early morning of a culture that is defining itself, branch by branch, leaf by...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Aaron Kamugisha This article critically appraises the wealth of cultural criticism and epistemological developments in the study of Caribbean societies now increasingly grouped under an emerging discipline termed Caribbean cultural studies. It advances the claim that the critical study of Caribbean...
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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...