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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 179–190.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Silvio Torres-Saillant In this response to his critics, the author values the areas of missed opportunity observed by Braziel, Buscaglia-Salgado, and Bogues, while also endeavoring to “defend” his book from those objections that he ascribes more to the exigencies of the critic's particular reading...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 43–59.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Sam Vásquez Increased criticism and representations of violence in contemporary Jamaica often account for these tensions by citing poverty or gang and political rivalries in the post-independence era. However, both Marlon James's The Book of Night Women (2009) and Margaret Cezair-Thompson's...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Curdella Forbes This examination of Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women and a selection of Clovis Brown's newspaper cartoons posits these Jamaican-authored works as texts that instantiate a uniquely Caribbean aesthetics of horror in their response to historical and contemporary events...
Published: 01 March 2019
Figure 2 Marielle Plaisir, Aponte Lámina 23 , from The Book of Life , 2017 (variation on Lámina 23 from Aponte’s book of paintings). Inks, gold pigment, and pencil on 350g paper; 20 × 15 in. From the Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom exhibit; Little Haiti Cultural Center, New York More
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 164–172.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Nadia Ellis This essay explores Deborah Thomas's remarkable new book, Exceptional Violence , in light of the critical inheritance of the term diaspora and the status of grief in relation to Jamaica's repertoire of violence. Focusing on two examples of spectacularized violence that Thomas reads...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 186–196.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo Apart from the fact that it is one of very few book-length studies of a Caribbean-based British Caribbean black intellectual from the nineteenth century, and one of even fewer written by a literary studies scholar, Faith L. Smith's Creole Recitations stands out because...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alejandra Bronfman This short essay is a response to Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013). It aims to recreate the experience of reading the book and the transformation in listening that the book prompted. Written in both personal and academic...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 167–176.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Roshini Kempadoo This essay is a contribution to the book discussion of Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean (2011) by Leon Wainwright. Kempadoo offers an exploration and commentary on the way Wainwright's publication has been structured and conceived, exploring the rationale...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 167–174.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Marisa J. Fuentes This book discussion essay addresses critical questions concerning historical methodologies when working with the archives of Atlantic-world slavery. Thinking with Hazel V. Carby’s Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands , the essay considers the power of historical memoir...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 83–90.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Antonio López; Antonio López This essay introduces a special section on the Afro-Cuban poet and intellectual Nancy Morejón’s 1982 book Nación y mestizaje en Nicolás Guillén ( Nation and Mestizaje in Nicolás Guillén ). It sets up the contributors by surveying the literary and political trajectory...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Ren Ellis Neyra This response essay engages the three book discussion essays by Ronald Mendoza–de Jesús, Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, and Rocío Zambrana on The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020). Following questions of anti-Blackness in Spanish Caribbean (especially...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 219–227.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Vincent Brown This response to commentaries by Trevor Burnard, Colin Dayan, and Verene Shepherd on The Reaper's Garden recalls some of the inspirations that motivated research for the book, the assumptions that framed its analysis, and the aims of its storytelling. The book begins where most...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 128–141.
Published: 01 October 2008
... moments: Black Power and Black Nationalism at the end of the 1960s and into the '70s; the political monumentalization of Césaire in Martinique between the late 1970s and his ninetieth-birthday celebration in 2003; and the creation of two book series to serve as cultural intermediaries—CARAF Books and New...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 165–174.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Edward J. Sullivan This essay revisits the arguments in Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié . The book's editor looks at how the volume (a mid-career survey of the Haitian artist) was conceived and at its contributions to the study of modern Haitian art and visuality. The author...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 168–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Nicholas Draper Written within the framework originally established by Eric Williams, Nick Draper's book The Price of Emancipation analyzes the £20 million compensation paid to slave owners by the British state in the 1830s, showing that 5 to 10 percent of the British elites of the time were...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 205–224.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Huey Copeland Art historian Huey Copeland takes on Hortense J. Spillers's and Stephen Best's engagements with his book Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (2013). In responding to the two essays, Copeland lays out the ideological conditions from which...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
... by others about the book. Emphasizing the importance to Haitian history of the years following the end of the US occupation,, this essay argues that the lessons of this much overlooked past provide a useful framework for contemplating developments in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Yet for all James's...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37–54.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi Part of the larger book project “Empire, Nation, Diaspora: Cape Town and Constituting a Black Archive,” this essay explores two Caribbean intellectuals, Eric Walrond and Henry Sylvester Williams, who included the South African Cape in their mappings of the Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Neil Roberts This essay proposes that Deborah Thomas's key contribution in Exceptional Violence is not so much the book's rethinking of violence and citizenship (as Thomas suggests) but rather its innovative examination of Rastafari thought and the implications for the idea of freedom. The essay...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 14–27.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Barnor Hesse Nahum Chandler, in his remarkably evocative book X—The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought , works with the Derridean idea of the exorbitant to argue that W. E. B. Du Bois's thinking exceeds and transforms the terms of Western critical thought on modernity. Du Bois...