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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2018) 22 (3 (57)): 151–159.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Rinaldo Walcott This essay suggests that Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being calls us to attend to the limits of what freedom means for black people around the world. By reading some recent conceptual claims in black studies alongside Sharpe’s work, it seeks to demonstrate a...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Tavia Nyong'o This essay reviews two recent publications in the area of black music and sound studies—Julian Henriques's Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing (2011) and Alexander G. Weheliye's Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (2005)—taking...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley; Matt Richardson This reflection argues that the oeuvre of Colin Dayan provides critical tools for the elaboration of black transgender studies. Specifically, the authors analyze the trial and imprisonment of black transgender activist CeCe MacDonald using Dayan's work as...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2015) 19 (3 (48)): 205–224.
Published: 01 November 2015
... encounter between art history and black studies. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 art-historical writing African diasporic art black cultural theory contemporary criticism We start with a story. In 2002, while researching the dissertation from which my first book, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2016
... Césaire's work for Wynter's own work over time. The argument is that “Black Metamorphosis” makes a contribution to the study of maroonage narrowly construed, while also transcending the ironically narrow conception of maroonage as a bound empirical reference. The manuscript speaks of “species of maroonage...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 26–38.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Michelle Stephens Looking back at the dialogue between Black British Cultural Studies and African American Studies that occurred during the 1980s and 1990s, when Stuart Hall first asked the question, “What is this black in black popular culture?” this article explores how that conversation has...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Samantha Pinto This essay argues that there has been a subtle revolution in African diaspora studies that is emerging across very recent scholarship. Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013) is part of a larger movement in the field of black diaspora...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37–54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... the heterogeneity of blackness. 21 But to put together the seemingly disparate archives and registers of the Caribbean and the Cape is to move away from the metropolitan centers of Harlem, London, Paris, Toronto, or Miami as well as the “New World” in which our studies of black modernity seem to...
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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 February 2006) 10 (1): 180–188.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Silvio Torres-Saillant Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Blackness and Meaning in Studying Hispaniola: A Review Essay Silvio Torres-Saillant Haitian-Dominican Counterpoint: Nation, Race, and State on Hispaniola, Eugenio Matibag. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. ISBN: 0-312...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 88–99.
Published: 01 March 2015
... discusses the significance of Hall's Caribbean origins and diaspora identity for his later intellectual and theoretical work. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 Black British cultural studies Marxism Althusser racial formations diaspora As I flip through one of Stuart Hall's early essays, “Minimal Selves” (1987...
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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)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha This essay introduces Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World,” an unpublished 900-plus-page manuscript written by Wynter in the 1970s. “Black Metamorphosis” is a remarkable manuscript, and it deserves close study for a number of reasons. It is arguably the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2016) 20 (3 (51)): 189–198.
Published: 01 November 2016
... attention which makes the most hardened stranger self-conscious in Spanish-America, yet which, contrasted with the vacant black faces of Haiti, was an evidence at least of human intelligence and curiosity. 13 There are numerous other examples of US subjects who have traveled to or have studied the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2018) 22 (3 (57)): 160–170.
Published: 01 November 2018
.... Much has been said about the ways black children are denied childhood and are treated as adults from an early age. In June 2017, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality published Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood , a quantitative study that used an online...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2013) 17 (1 (40)): 22–39.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Richard Iton Drawing on recordings by Chic and Funkadelic, and more generally on the affective dimensions of black popular culture, this essay considers the relationship between teleological and reflexive conceptions of black politics and black political thought. Teleological approaches to black...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 July 2009
... descent as a homogeneous branch of the human famly. The article invites reflection on the need to study the black experience internationally without a preordained narrative of racial self-affirmation, warning that the expectation that blacks will articulate their racial identity everywhere in the same way...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 159–168.
Published: 01 March 2015
... have for the study of black subject formation, subjectification, and agency. 5 Her work introduces “overdue … Caribbean historiography to revisit histories of emancipation in relation to more recent understandings of sexual citizenship and the sexual state” (20). Still, she leaves the work of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
... system created by the discovery and conquest of the New World by the West. —Sylvia Wynter, “Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World” Cultural Studies has multiple discourses; it has a number of different histories. It is a whole set of formations; it has its own different conjunctures and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... economic and political stagnancy in postslavery black communities, but as the narrative progresses Queenie questions their biological alienation—at first only idly, when she encounters “normality” during her first venture off Cabarita Island, but then formally, in extensive academic study abroad in...