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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 39-54.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Chris Moffat This essay examines the relationship between a radical politics and the institution of the archive through a history of the George Padmore Institute (GPI), a community archive attached to New Beacon Books in London. Focusing on the life and thought of John La Rose (1927–2006...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37-46.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., Barabajan Poems (New York: Savacou North, 1993), 321–25. For analyses of the importance of the conference, see Laurence A. Breiner, An Introduction to West Indian Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998); and Norval Edwards, “The Foundational Generation: From The Beacon to Savacou ,” in...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37-54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Africa as a conceptual frame in Caribbean theory and literature. This essay pushes for a New World African diasporic rethinking of Cape Town as an alternative city-space within such imaginaries—alternative to that for which Harlem has become metonymic: the New Negro and the Renaissance in black literary...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129-145.
Published: 01 March 2016
... International Conference (Wellesley, MA: Calaloux, 1990); James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son (Boston: Beacon, 1955), 112. 48 Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996), 139. The entire passage reads as follows: “For to me history was not a large stage...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 112-134.
Published: 01 March 2009
... utilized by the newly independent country of Jamaica to authorize a new concept of the self that had been marginalized under colonial rule. As a new and different model of achievement, the local and mostly black “ancestral” heroic figures and their attending monuments served to instill a sense of pride and...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 1-6.
Published: 01 March 2014
... essays range across histories of citizenship, exile, and diaspora; the nexus between nation-state boundaries, intra-Caribbean, and transoceanic migrations; empire and its legacies; race-making, slavery, and freedom; popular culture and consciousness. Collectively, the contributing scholars pose new...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 108-122.
Published: 01 July 2013
... writers discussed here claimed that new “natives,” predominantly Africans and their descendants, replaced the original Antilleans and became indigenous to the Caribbean. Narratives of aboriginal absence and African indigeneity strongly define anglophone Caribbean studies. Nothing I say here is...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 218-228.
Published: 01 July 2009
...: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy (New York: Random House, 1983), 208. 6 See, in particular, Sally Price and Richard Price, Maroon Arts (Boston: Beacon, 1999); and Sally Price, “Seaming Con- nections,” in Kevin A. Yelvington, ed., Afro-Atlantic Dialogues: Anthropology in the...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184-192.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Greg Beckett This essay offers a critical discussion of Yarimar Bonilla's Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015). It argues that Bonilla's account of labor politics in the French Department of Guadeloupe provides us with new ways of thinking about...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 46-59.
Published: 01 March 2010
... and self-inflicted 1 Patricia Powell, A Small Gathering of Bones (Heinemann: Oxford, 1994), 65. In 2003, Beacon Press reprinted the novel with an introduction by Thomas Glave, who advised Powell about changing the spelling from “Gayley” to “Gaily.” The change was made in the new edition...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 59-71.
Published: 01 November 2012
... one had so revolutionized the West Indian art of fiction as had Brodber.6 An anonymous reviewer in 1 I use the wording of a Barbadian student’s lament about reading Brodber as a subhead. 2 Erna Brodber, Myal (London: New Beacon, 1988), 1. 3 Erna Brodber, Jane and...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123-135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... thing”—provides the means of representing multiple dimensions of a Caribbean cosmology that is not merely cognizant of, but necessarily engaged with, other spaces in the black diaspora. 1 Erna Brodber, The Rainmaker's Mistake (London: New Beacon, 2007), 150; hereafter cited in text. 2...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 200-209.
Published: 01 July 2009
... example, Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen, eds., AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics (New York: New York University Press, 2006); Vijay Prashad, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting (Boston: Beacon, 2001); Bill Mullen, Afro-Orientalism (Minneapolis: University of...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175-184.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and Progressive Politics during World War II (New York: Basic Civitas, 2013); Gayle Wald, Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Boston: Beacon, 2007); Emily J. Lordi, Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (New...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 69-77.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Martin Munro The Littérature-monde manifesto, published in 2007, seems to announce a new era for writing in French from non-metropolitan regions. It moreover suggests that this moment marks a “Copernican revolution” in the literary history of France and the French-speaking world. This article...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 118-129.
Published: 01 October 2007
...Tracy Robinson This essay explores the expansion of Jacqui Alexander's earlier concept of erotic autonomy through the motif of the Sacred in her new book, and her articulation of what could be described as a Caribbean feminist ethic that demands radical self-determination exercised within self and...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 25-36.
Published: 01 November 2009
... considering postcolonial issues. A number of key commemorative dates over the past two decades have set the scene for a re-visioning of French and francophone history - 1992 was the 500 th anniversary of the new world's “discovery” by Christopher Columbus, 1998 was the 150 th anniversary of the abolition of...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 227-243.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Wendy Asquith As has recently been observed by Matthew J. Smith, “It is a peculiar feature of Haitian historiography that increased production of new literature often follows national crisis.” A parallel pattern has been evident in Haitian visual arts, yet this has not always been at the impulse of...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 36-52.
Published: 01 March 2012
... history and function untraumatized in new diasporic spaces. Rather, Counihan posits that the novel fails to reconcile its “logic of memorialization” with its “logic of resolution.” Sophie's attempt to claim transcendent Haitian and American identities, because “Haiti will always live in her,” is a much...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154-167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Boston: Beacon, 1995); and Heather Cateau and Selwyn H. H. Carrington, Capitalism and Slavery Fifty Years Later: Eric Eustace Williams—A Reassessment of the Man and His Work (New York: Peter Lang, 2000). 10 See...