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Published: 01 March 2016
Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission More
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Published: 01 March 2016
Sylvia Wynter on her birthday, Crogan's Restaurant, Oakland, 11 May 2015. Photograph by Jack Dresnick. Used with permission Sylvia Wynter on her birthday, Crogan's Restaurant, Oakland, 11 May 2015. Photograph by Jack Dresnick. Used with permission More
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2016
...David Scott © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 I vividly remember arriving at Sylvia Wynter's (then) home in Palo Alto, California, on the morning of 19 November 1999 (almost exactly sixteen years ago to the day I write this) to conduct my planned interview with her. 1 She greeted me at the door with an...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 February 2008) 12 (1): 57–76.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Shirley Toland-Dix Sylvia Wynter's 1962 novel, The Hills of Hebron , is both a narrative of the nation and critique of the extant vision of the nation. Writing her novel from the perspective of a theorist, Wynter introduces insights and concepts that she has since developed in her extensive body of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission ...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Demetrius L. Eudell This essay illustrates how Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” reconceptualizes the question of labor as it relates to the history of blacks in the Americas and generally to the being of Being Human. It does so by situating Wynter's distinctive intervention within the context...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Greg Thomas This essay reads Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” as a text that both examines and embodies maroonage, significantly, in various ways and on various levels. It takes off from Aimé Césaire's underacknowledged imperative, “Marronnons-nous,” recognizing and demonstrating the import of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 92–112.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Tonya Haynes This essay traces the rise of the crisis school of Caribbean heteromasculinity studies through a critical reading across popular writing, policy research, and scholarly work on Caribbean masculinity. Mobilizing insights that Sylvia Wynter articulated in “Black Metamorphosis” and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 113–128.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Nijah Cunningham As the recent revival of Sylvia Wynter's scholarship has commanded the attention of a younger generation of scholars, the special section of Small Axe dedicated to her “forgotten” work provides an occasion to reconsider the prehistory to her theory of the human. Rather than simply...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Katherine McKittrick This essay studies Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” and draws attention to the ways plantocratic systems generated black creative activities that rebelled against the tenets of white supremacy and its attendant order of consciousness. Building on Wynter's insights, the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Sylvia Wynter on her birthday, Crogan's Restaurant, Oakland, 11 May 2015. Photograph by Jack Dresnick. Used with permission Sylvia Wynter on her birthday, Crogan's Restaurant, Oakland, 11 May 2015. Photograph by Jack Dresnick. Used with permission ...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the formation of cultural studies in Europe and North America. To this end, the author sketches a number of overlapping traditions of writing on culture in the Caribbean that take us from the late nineteenth century and considers the work of two Caribbean theorists, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2013
... 1960s, this narrative of aboriginal absence was widely incorporated across a range of genres into texts that constitute the anglophone Caribbean's decolonizing intellectual tradition. The essay critically engages with the claim—made most poignantly by Sylvia Wynter and Kamau Brathwaite—that diasporic...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... create a counterhistory of the present. Reading the novel through the lens of Afrofuturism and via Kamau Brathwaite's conception of a Caribbean cosmology and Sylvia Wynter's theories of aethetics, this essay examines the novel's representation of “the free”: a rapidly changing present existing...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 159–171.
Published: 01 March 2018
... registers across distinctive histories. Following Chude-Sokei’s engagement with Sylvia Wynter, the essay begins with the centrality of women’s engagements with technologies for mobility featured in African popular print magazines in the era of independence. Turning to a contemporaneous publication, Langston...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
... colonial representations and create community in profound ways. Drawing on Sylvia Wynter’s work on colonial epistemologies and representation in relation to questions of race and decolonization and on Rex Nettleford’s discussion of embodiment and marronage, the author lays out a method of decolonial...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 194–196.
Published: 01 March 2016
... on black intellectual and cultural history, he is also the author of The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the US South (2002) and coeditor, with Carolyn Allen, of “Sylvia Wynter: A Transculturalist Rethinking Modernity” (2001), a special issue of the Journal of West...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2002) 6 (1): 158–168.
Published: 01 March 2002
... subtraditions—that of the historicists (Eric Williams, Arthur Lewis, C. L. R. James, for instance) and that of the poeticists (like Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and Aime Cesaire). ; ough there are important individuals who span both traditions (Frantz Fanon, C. L. R. James, Sylvia Wynter...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
...-point to plantation theory; instead, I hope my thinking will foster other considerations of black and racial geographies—rural, suburban, gated, beyond the Americas, too—that might benefit from the sort of imagining of plantation futures I put forth. Working with the writings of Sylvia Wynter and Dionne...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2014) 18 (1 (43)): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2014
... National Democratic Movement, and political party attachés does not prevent groups and individuals from making demands on the state. As Sylvia Wynter observes, “Through their longing for Africa, Rastafarians stumbled upon their Jamaican roots.” 19 The Rastafari rethinking of their existence inside the...