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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Donette Francis Jamaican fiction published in the 1960s was fundamentally pessimistic. These writings drew from regional ontologies of religious millenarianism, colonial abjection, and racial damnation, as well as of existentialist philosophies of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, to offer...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2020
... expropriation, labor superexploitation, and (neo)colonial absorption of financial risk. Next, it analyzes antiblackness—understood as legitimating architecture that devalues, distorts, criminalizes, and abjects those racialized as black—as a constitutive feature of racial capitalism. Finally, the essay...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 163–175.
Published: 01 July 2022
... as articulated in José Estebán Muñoz’s work in order to detect an analogous breakdown in Bolívar Echevarría’s influential work on racial modernity. In conclusion, the essay poses a question about the emancipatory potential of abjection by putting Ellis Neyra’s compelling reading of Pedro Pietri’s The Masses...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 108–118.
Published: 01 July 2022
... haunts the anglophone Caribbean. The focus is on how this haunting is palpable to the criminalized urban poor in Trinidad; yet Black has never simply denoted abjection. From the vantage point of postcolonial Caribbean nation-states founded on anticolonial projects of Black sovereignty, one can see...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 57–69.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., the abject is embraced as a form of radical response to socially prescribed female roles, using gestures and acts of the (racialized) female body as a form of rebellion. In Mozman's, the effects of gesture, pose, and emotions are considered through the lens of melodrama, suspended in the moment...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 104–110.
Published: 01 July 2015
... a mere six months before his death. While a graduate student under his and Josie Saldaña's direction, I shared with him my thoughts on a developing dissertation chapter on Mendieta's early abject performances and curatorial work for the A.I.R. Gallery. I remember framing my project by underscoring that I...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
... in what James calls the “post-postcolonial” 35 moment, we are confronted with genealogies of horror linked to self-experiences about which we have been unable to “speak”—our historical beginnings in sexual abjection, our postcolonial fear of new abyssal invasions akin to slavery, our totemic...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 147–158.
Published: 01 March 2015
... of the concept of subaltern, and the notion of “citizenship from below,” signals her concerns with the “disavowed” and the “abject,” the “low class, low life, low brow, low down” (24) and their/our quest for freedom. In this regard, what is particularly troubling for Sheller is the erasing of gendered and queer...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 87–104.
Published: 01 October 2006
... name calling constitute what I call the racial abject, a term that designates the visual spectacle of humili- ation and shame occasioned by a person’s skin color as it functions to signify both race and poverty. The racial abject depends on the rhetorical focus of the audience’s gaze...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2010
.... 31 • March 2010 • Michelle V. Rowley  |  3 These historical antecedents hold specific ontological urgency for women in and of the African diaspora. This urgency arises first from the role that humanistic narratives played in the invention of abject blackness and second because...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 140–150.
Published: 01 November 2018
... was immediately resistant. Wary of how Haitians circulate as bodies and symbols even in the black diasporic imaginary—despite what Sharpe names as “the dream and promise and centrality of Haiti in diaspora imaginings” (128)—I feared that the girls might become a leitmotif or empty signifier of black abjection...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
...: “I fucked you in the ass, just for a laugh / I ride the premenstrual cycle” ( P , 85). As Weheliye makes clear, the musical abjection of this music does not solely or even primarily inhere in the lyrical content: indeed, one would need to traverse the circuit of a Henriquean triad—ethos, pathos...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 149–160.
Published: 01 March 2014
... locations through which one could mourn with others collectively for Mother China; no place to indulge in anxieties of losing or even keeping outsider status. Without centralizing spaces in these commercial outposts, “relation” became less about racial affinity and more about shared adversarial and abject...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 94–111.
Published: 01 July 2017
... glimpses of Khan's grandmother, whom she describes as a silent woman with “no voice and whose existence was exacerbated by a life of poverty.” Her grandmother, exhausted by her abject life of poverty, suffering, and misery, attempted to kill herself and her children in a river. We also learn about an aunt...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 155–166.
Published: 01 November 2019
... thirtieth birthday, seemed, in the words of José Martí, “more a romantic invention than reality.” 12 He occupied in Cuban letters then, as Oscar Montero has proposed, both a central and marginal place. 13 He was, as Francisco Morán has convincingly argued, an abject and liminal figure against which...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 111–119.
Published: 01 July 2015
... hurts after fourth hour manually aerating the fishtank. Hey, look! Inside each tiny bubble a City, absolute abject alone (except for the fish.) What must atomic people in bubble cities think of you, oh absent father in the cloying night? You left just like the light. For work...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 16–33.
Published: 01 October 2007
...” and “unbundling of infrastructure”, and function as filaments of metropolitan connectivity which hop over otherwise abjected and disconnected regions of the world, such as those that James Ferguson has so compellingly described in Africa.4 In the Caribbean, such bifurcated processes of connectivity...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 197–200.
Published: 01 July 2015
... is completing her book manuscript tentatively titled “Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production.” She has published in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and Latino Studies . M ario A lejandro A riza was born in Santo Domingo but grew up between Miami...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 247–255.
Published: 01 June 2006
... they were for poor boys of families that squatted on the nearby hillsides, who, it was said, came from the small islands to vote for the Afro-Creole nationalist party. I longed to leave this dreadful place. Up to this day I can’t understand how the signs of abject failure never terrified many other...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 22–38.
Published: 01 November 2011
... “Other” More than works of entertainment, though they were that as well, travel narratives were meant to control that which seemed beyond policing: the abject, the colonized. They also served as a way to comfort the reader that the “new world” beyond the known was only an extension of themselves...