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Published: 01 March 2016
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 More
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Small Axe (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...
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Small Axe (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 (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...
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Small Axe (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...
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Small Axe (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...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Sylvia Wynter, circa late 1950s. Photograph by Oswald Jones. Used with permission ...
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Small Axe (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 (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...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 182–189.
Published: 01 July 2021
... demonstrates how by turning to two of the Caribbean’s major thinkers, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their far-less-studied Caribbean writings, Kamugisha takes seriously the centering of Caribbean thinkers in their own histories of political becoming. The essay ends with sustained focus on Kamugisha’s...
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Small Axe (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 ...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... as a manifestation of the black radical tradition and a critical involvement with socialism. Drawing on C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, it argues that black freedom struggles in the Americas and Europe, including slave revolts, have been an essential part of the history of labor and freedom struggles. It also...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 15–27.
Published: 01 March 2021
... grounds as a land commons that produce food sovereignty and communal identity. Then he represents the Jamaican Maroons’ local ecological knowledge as a source of resistance to plantation economies. Using Sylvia Wynter’s environmental theories of resistance, this essay argues that Wedderburn’s political...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 169–170.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Mimi Sheller This essay reviews Aaron Kamugisha’s reading of the works of C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter in his 2019 book Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition . Kamugisha issues a resounding call to reenergize the radical Caribbean intellectual...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 55–68.
Published: 01 March 2022
... Katherine McKittrick’s and Sylvia Wynter’s work on plantation geographies, the author argues that the gulley, a site of mass burial in the center of the song, was also a site of Black cultural expression and futurity—a place where death and life, torture and escape, enslavement and freedom collided...
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Small Axe (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 (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 (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2013
... in the 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 (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... to 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...