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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 122–132.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Adriana María Garriga-López This essay addresses the epistemic limits of crisis as a trope for thinking about the future of Puerto Rico in the context of fiscal austerity programs and the combined effects of multiple disasters. Small-scale agriculture and mutual aid offer models of resistance to US...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the New World approach to the region. Titled “Paths to National Self-Discovery: USA and Puerto Rico,” it first appeared in 1956 and was written by Daniel J. Boorstin, a historian of the United States. Unlike conventional scholarship on the Caribbean, including the definitive work, The People of Puerto...
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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 (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 55–69.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Petra R. Rivera-Rideau In 2012, reggaeton artist Tego Calderón released a music video for his song “Robin Hood.” The video tells the story of a man who aids a group of undocumented Dominican immigrants to Puerto Rico. Through a close reading of “Robin Hood,” this essay argues that Calderón...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 36–49.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... Through her bomba and plena compositions, she helped forge modern black Puerto Rican music amid the rapid industrialization of Puerto Rico after the 1950s. However, her story has been overshadowed by the aura of her son, the legendary Afro–Puerto Rican singer Ismael “Maelo” Rivera (1931–87). Although Doña...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 179–187.
Published: 01 November 2017
... and Kamau Brathwaite. Ultimately, this essay discusses the uneasy relationship between rooted, land-based constructs of identity and flowing water imagery, arguing that exploring the tensions between them is productive not only in the case of Puerto Rico but also in other Caribbean settings. © Small Axe...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 188–202.
Published: 01 November 2017
... for the prolonged delay and neglect by Puerto Rico's literary establishment in giving the poet her due recognition? What were some of the circumstances that converged to thrust such a gifted writer and social and political revolutionary into the physical and mental ravages of alcohol addiction, wandering...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 64–77.
Published: 01 November 2014
... produced within a particular national context. On this premise, Natalie L. Belisle argues that “untranslatability” designates the exclusion of texts originating in juridically indeterminate spaces, such as Puerto Rico, from world literary space. Building primarily on theories of language and translation...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 44–52.
Published: 01 March 2020
... (1857), a romantic novella about the conquest of Puerto Rico, and “A Cuba Libre” (1871), a biographical essay about Haiti’s first president, Alexandre Pétion, the author explores Betances’s vision of Caribbean unity and its connections to race, gender, republicanism, and decolonization. Copyright ©...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 98–111.
Published: 01 November 2022
...Beatriz Llenín-Figueroa Luisa Capetillo’s revolutionary power was recognized in her time by allies and detractors alike, both in Puerto Rico and abroad. The scarcely examined archive of Puerto Rican and US-based newspaper coverage between 1911 and 1913 shows the significance of Capetillo’s gesta...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
... return of vitalism , and the discourse of White cultural nationalism afoot in representations of Puerto Rico today. rellisneyra@wesleyan.edu © 2022 by Small Axe, Inc. 2022 Caribbean literature Puerto Rico aesthetics historicity anti-Blackness The Caribs, once replaced...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 89–98.
Published: 01 March 2017
... in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, in 2004. Incorporating both self- and peer reflection, their remarks provide historical and critical context for their own and each other's work. They also address the Caribbean as influence and inspiration, and as both a real and an imagined site. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... imaginaries that exist across the Afro-Latinx Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic), Equatorial Guinea (the only Spanish-speaking nation-state in Sub-Saharan Africa), and their diasporic cultural productions in the United States and Spain. The essay ultimately argues that women of color...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 96–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
... sociohistorical processes, culture, and political developments? Even though these two projects seem to share a similar political goal, they are also radically different. The author reviews the contributions to the special section in dialogue with examples from Puerto Rico in order to assess the critical...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 154–162.
Published: 01 July 2022
... brother’s death in the Korean War. Through interpreting the story with multipoetic sensorial listening as a potential methodology, the author uncovers how this brief act so ingrained in her family lore might serve as a form of defiance against colonialism and militarization in Puerto Rico. The essay also...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 144–153.
Published: 01 July 2022
... that is the present. It focuses in particular on Santiago Muñoz’s Otros Usos (2014), which specifically explores Vieques, Puerto Rico. To apprehend the past that is the present requires indexing the continuity of the plantation economy, and thus its racial order, in the military complex, in the tourist economy...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 147–162.
Published: 01 July 2020
... in the wake of two back-to-back hurricanes, Puerto Rican residents responded with graffiti stating, “El desastre es la colonia” (“The disaster is the colony”; see fig. 1 ). This slogan suggests that the most deeply felt catastrophe in contemporary Puerto Rico is not the arrival of hurricanes, earthquakes...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 61–83.
Published: 01 September 2004
... Sánchez Michelle Joan Wilkinson Puerto Rico is an island adrift in the predominantly postcolonial Caribbean sphere that is its topographic equivalent. Lying between the North Americas and the Nuestras Américas, Puerto Rico epitomizes the historical reality of a divided nation : nearly one-half...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 115–122.
Published: 01 November 2018
... between the United States and Puerto Rico while exploring the current economic and political crisis on the island and its implications for the diaspora. Figure 1 Double-Phantom / Entro-P.R. , 2017; customized 1952 Schwinn Phantom bicycles and flags. Photograph by Jason Wyche. Figure 1. Double...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 72–86.
Published: 01 March 2014
... rooted in boundary-crossing research. Drawing on fruitful approaches to and examples of the genre—including those contributed by historical sociologists—the essay illustrates the commensurability of apparently disparate cases through a discussion of Puerto Rico and Belize from abolition to the 1930s...