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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 55–75.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Cuban Revolution's racial politics, speaking brazenly into a period that produced a general textual silence on post-1959 racial inequalities and providing an enduring Afro-Cuban counterargument to Cuba's myth of racial democracy. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 Scholarship, public activism, and artistic...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 123–137.
Published: 01 November 2016
... conciliatory toward others. Ongoing events in the Cuban Revolution—in particular, the 1980 Mariel boatlift and subsequent efforts by Cuba's youth to abandon the island—provide a framework for understanding why Fernández Retamar revised a position that made him one of the leading critics of Cuba and Latin...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 164–174.
Published: 01 March 2016
... subject to “escape from the tyranny of meaning.” 16 In the context of Cuban music, that could mean escaping from the tyranny of nationalism, from the imperatives of identity and emotion established by the revolution and exile. For Barthes, that sensation is the result of an erotic relationship with...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 125–137.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Emily A. Maguire In 1943, Cuban writer Lydia Cabrera published a Spanish translation of Aimé Césaire's poem Notebook of a Return to the Native Land with illustrations by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. The translation introduced the concept of Négritude to a Cuban and Spanish-language readership. It was...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., revel.unice.fr/symposia/lal/index.html?id=399 , para. 22. 15 See Jorge Olivares, “Facing AIDS,” in Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013), 138–40. 16 Judith Bettleheim offered an initial critical study of Grupo Antillano in...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 59–73.
Published: 01 February 2006
... ective but controversial decisions, which not only blew up still further the gap between whiteness and blackness, but also catalyzed the memory of class diff erences thought to have already been overcome in the Cuban society with the revolution It is important to note that after...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 16–23.
Published: 01 September 2005
...?” Haiti is invari- ably the static space of racial agony in Caribbean writing. Arguably the most Caribbean writer of the hispanophone Caribbean, the Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier falls back on images of upright Négritude and mystical religious rites when evoking Haiti in Th e Kingdom of Th is...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 155–166.
Published: 01 November 2019
... metaphorically dense, challengingly “difficult,” resistant essay also seemed at odds with the times, a moment the Cuban historian Rafael Rojas has characterized as one that sought to channel the turbulent years of the anti-Machado revolution toward “a new pact of national reconciliation” that would finally...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Samantha Pinto This essay argues that there has been a subtle revolution in African diaspora studies that is emerging across very recent scholarship. Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013) is part of a larger movement in the field of black diaspora...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 164–174.
Published: 01 July 2016
... played a disruptive role in the region, the matter of revolutionary change must contend with issues of power in the world. The place and fate of the Cuban Revolution in the Caribbean imaginary and experience is a powerful reminder of this fact. Meeks argues that a view of Cuba emerges around it as the...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): viii–xiii.
Published: 01 September 2005
... Caribbean, Shona N. Jackson Dread Talk, the Cuban Connection, Velma Pollard and Samuel Furé Davis A Story of Border Crossings, Hilda Lloréns Writing as a Belizean...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
... progresses through as it traces the lives and careers of many musicians: the Great Depression, the political tumult of 1940s and '50s Cuba, the increasingly divisive and hostile exchanges among nations and families in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, the ongoing gendered and racialized violence that...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 147–162.
Published: 01 November 2016
... persecution in Cuba because of their role in forming worker's associations) became the “brain trust” of the Cuban proletariat: “It was the Cuban cigar workers who most courageously and unflaggingly supported José Martí's revolution efforts on behalf of Cuban independence. From Key West, rolled in a cigar made...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 115–122.
Published: 01 November 2016
... intervene in this Tempest debate, his identification would have been with the figure of Caliban. Martí has always been invoked by Cubans of all political stripes: nobody has done more than Fernández Retamar, from the 1950s to the present day, to establish Martí as the mirror in which the Revolution can...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 74–87.
Published: 01 July 2013
...,” Inter-American Economic Affairs 31, no. 4 (1978): 3–27; Leo J. Meyer, “The United States and the Cuban Revolution of 1917,” Hispanic American Historical Review 10 (1930): 138–66; Herminio Portell Vila, “La Chambelona en Oriente,” Bohemia , 24 April 1960, 12–13, 124, and “La Chambelona en Camagüey...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
... rebellion of the Dons (Zeeks, Dudus, etc.) in early-twenty-first century Jamaica I am noncommittal as to whether they occupy the same sympathetic space as given to the movements of the 1970s. In the third, he proposes that I may have slandered Fidel Castro and the Cubans in suggesting that they were...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
... the most important periods of Cuban slavery came after the history recounted in Freedom’s Mirror , as revolution and reform failed to produce slave emancipation or even the de facto application of the de jure abolition of the slave trade. Yet in that period, asking and trying seriously to answer...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 195–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... beyond the value of the revolution in “symbolic” discourse, Ferrer’s work as a whole challenges the trend in other historiography that minimizes the materialist role that Haiti played on the internationalist stage. And yet, while uncovering copious evidence of these material networks (say, Cuban...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
... just exchanges of information, but exchanges of people.” 1 This commentary—and the large number of French ships present—draws attention to the nature of life in Havana during a particularly active period of the thirteen-year Haitian Revolution. By 1802 this Cuban city (and other Cuban locales) had...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 58–73.
Published: 01 July 2013
... visible; the general hospital built with Cuban aid, its staff trained by Cuban medical personnel; the ruins of a mental asylum that the United States bombed; abandoned Cuban and Soviet planes on the old airfield. Such visible material residues of the revolution meet one everywhere. The landscape is...