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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of the infamous Code Noir and her equally blistering account of a well-known instance of settler violence, that of the planter Nicolas Lejeune, whose prosecution for torture in 1788 has recently been examined from a decidedly more sanguine perspective by legal historian Malick Ghachem. Contrasting Dayan...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2018
... a panel of four; along with me were Pélagie Gbaguidi, Françoise Vergès, and Tavia Nyong’o (Colin Dayan was to have been there with us but, sadly, couldn’t make it). This specific occasion of the “parliament” was devoted to a “trial” of the Code Noir , a copy of an original edition of which (a strangely...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
... to the Code Noir to put an end to the practice: France, especially its capital, has become a public market where men have been sold by auction to the highest bidder; there is hardly a bourgeois or worker who has not had his Negro slave. We have been informed of many purchases of this kind, and we have had...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2010
... With this penal logic the rules of law and the exercise of spirit became reciprocal. Legally, how much of a body could be dismembered? In the Jamaican Black Code, as in the French Code Noir, a gradual removal of body parts was allowed: one ear for the first escape, another ear for the second, or sometimes...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 152–162.
Published: 01 November 2010
... on literature, from work on taste to work on sovereignty. 11 Buck-Morss’s argument is influenced here significantly by the very provocative work of Louis Sala-Molins, in particular his outraged reading of Louis XIV’s 1685 decree, the Code noir, against the assumptions of the philosophes (Condorcet...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 80–111.
Published: 01 June 2008
... h her scent can a bat how ab out a rat the scen t of you ru th wafts acros oceans dans ma c hambre le code...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 1–14.
Published: 01 November 2023
... Dispositive for Theatre and Philosophy,” Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença 10, no. 1 (2020): 3. 24 Paige McGinley writes that “eavesdropping functions as a locus of authenticity.” McGinley, “Eavesdropping, Surveillance, and Sound,” PAJ 28, no. 1 (2006): 57. 25 The Code Noir...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
... to articulate as I wind down in relation to “White Mythologies” is Colin Dayan’s reading in Haiti, History, and the Gods of the Sun King’s 1685 Code Noir , the Black Code, which she frames as a “discourse on methodical dispossession, a logic of conversion more horrific than the threat of damnation...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
.... The generality of ‘the criminal type’ is all that matters.” 44 “One has only to read the 1685 Code noir of Louis XIV, the collection of edicts concerning ‘the Discipline and Commerce of Negro Slaves in the French Islands of America’ or the harsher West Indian slave codes to understand how what first...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 89–102.
Published: 01 March 2018
.... Dans la cale. Sur le pont. . . . Empilés, comme des marchandises avariées dans le bateau » (53). La comparaison aux marchandises rappelle déjà le « Code noir » et le commerce triangulaire. L’adjectif avariées quant à lui signale la déshumanisation du corps devenu bétail. En outre, l’avarie renvoie...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 140–150.
Published: 01 November 2018
... burned at the stake (Lisette and other members of the community are called to be witnesses because of the laws of the Code Noir, which regulates life on the plantation for enslaved people), Lisette runs through the plantation, passing a number of sites and ending up at the house to perform her roles...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 154–161.
Published: 01 March 2023
... feminist thought Annette Joseph-Gabriel Mariama Bâ AWA: La Revue de la Femme noire This book has a welcome revisionist aim: to return to the status of “political protagonists” a group of Black women, many of whom are “today relegated to the margins of history” (21, 36). To this end, Joseph...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 233–240.
Published: 01 March 2017
... researched study of the ways a range of desiring subjects defy or are perceived to defy codes of decorum in the region. 1 The book makes its appearance in the dizzying concantenation of celebrity disclosures, legal challenges, violent attacks, wedding celebrations. and public demonstrations that frame our...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 1–28.
Published: 01 July 2015
..., surfacing as near-delirium during his well-known, narrated encounter with Césaire in “Un grand poète noir.” The section will later serve as a preface for the 1947 edition of the Cahier , helping, as Richard Watts has noted, to introduce the Martinican to a wider French audience, and thus identify him...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 25–36.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of the quimboiseur was born in resistance to the declaration in Article 3 of le Code Noir that the only valid religion was Catholicism. The quimboiseur thus represents a figure outside the colonial system in a similar manner to the Maroon, with these roles frequently coinciding in the same person, as they do...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 89–99.
Published: 01 November 2013
... and in an amusing moment of intertextuality, turns out to be a page from France's code noir she had simply torn out of a history book. Confiant provides several other possible explanations for what might really have been written on the woman's yellowed piece of paper, but it is his parenthetical justification...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2012
... oppression in France. See, for example, Louis Sala-Molins, Le “code noir,” ou le calvaire de Canaan (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1987); Michèle Duchet, Anthropologie et histoire au siècle des lumières (Paris: François Maspéro, 1971); and Buck-Morss, “Hegel and Haiti.” 34 See Sheller...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 30–54.
Published: 01 March 2022
... of African descent who had been enslaved and emancipated before 1794 and for whom the 4 April 1792 law had also, at least legally, ended racial discrimination. He used the designation of “Noirs” for populations who had been enslaved before 4 February 1794 and who had become “free citizens.” The term noir...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 43–58.
Published: 01 July 2011
... the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These laws sought to control the growth of the “mixed race” population born from liaisons between white men and their slaves. In the French Caribbean colonies the Code Noir protected enslaved women, and in 1695, for example, the king imposed a fine of two thousand...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 120–128.
Published: 01 March 2005
... crosshatched confi guration of connections, circuits of engagement, misreadings, creative reworking of expressive codes, relays of diff erence, and recurring opacities that complicate racial and cultural representation. Th is scrupulous attention to diasporic diff erence aligns Edwards’s work...