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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 181–186.
Published: 01 November 2020
... of critical re-memories. The essay foregrounds the backstory to make visible the intellectual care work that attends this practice. © 2020 Small Axe, Inc. 2020 disagreements critical re-memories interconnected inquiries familiar colonial logics critical intellectual oral histories What has...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 116–131.
Published: 01 March 2021
... Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001); Susan N. G. Geiger, “Women’s Life Histories: Method and Content,” Signs 11, no. 2 (1986): 334–51; Joseph C. Miller, ed., The African Past Speaks: Essays on Oral Tradition and History (Hamden, CT: Archon, 1980...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2019
... form of history, literature, both written and oral, represents a means to mitigate the sociocultural ramifications of the historical amnesia imposed by colonial history and neocolonial economic realities. Sainville understood his work as a historian, novelist, and literary critic as part...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 174–185.
Published: 01 July 2011
... the chapter in Roach’s life, and in Breiner’s study of it, when Roach’s insistence on strenuous poetic craft attains an explicitly political dimension in his critical comments on other Caribbean writers. Roach’s best-known essay from this period, “Tribe Boys vs. Afro-Saxon,” had savaged the “oral poetry...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 177–187.
Published: 01 November 2012
..., and Martinique is its own complicated terrain of struggle. Such processes make up the churning reality of the endless production of distinction within literary production and criticism everywhere, of course. Both within the French Antilles and between Caribbean regions, among writers and intellectuals...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 59–71.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Brodber’s novels are elaborate mazes, puzzles in which you meander cluelessly, tripping across patches of transparent brilliance here and there, in desperate search for an exit into meaning and understanding.”12 “Baffling,” “difficult,” “intellectual,” with “notorious complexity”: critical...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 85–88.
Published: 01 November 2013
...” reality of a common Caribbean culture that had emerged from the shared history of the plantation, island living, creolization, and social systems. For Glissant, however, this reality remained “virtual”: although it was “inscribed in facts,” it was also “endangered,” since it was not “inscribed...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 127–133.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Bloomfield. Brathwaite’s style effectively instantiates “Caribbean Man” as an exemplary model of the practice of Caribbean studies. The essay is posited as a palimpsestic text, haunted by Brathwaite’s prior creative and critical texts as well as the work of other Caribbean writers and intellectuals...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 104–118.
Published: 01 November 2019
... in the Caribbean seems to be large-scale immigration to North America or Britain. NM: Your work engages with not only literary criticism but politics, biography, history. FB: Yes, it’s all joined up. I wrote a book on Indo-Caribbean cricket. I mean, cricket’s a game, it doesn’t work by what color...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 57–76.
Published: 01 February 2008
... the pages, imprisoned in mute anonymity.”20 As the writer of a Caribbean epic novel, Wynter’s task is to bring them into history, to make visible these “people who left no memoirs.”21 In the seminal critical essay “We Must Learn to Sit Down Together and Talk About a Little Culture: Reflections on West...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 1–15.
Published: 01 October 2007
... Group flourished from 1963 to 1968. Its intellectual impact throughout the Caribbean was considerable. Trevor Munroe, who would emerge as the group’s leading Marxist critic, acknowledged as much: For almost a decade, the New World and its associates were the most influential...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 134–146.
Published: 01 November 2021
... with one another as an ethnographic practice of unearthing critical tools: “History as social memory . . . provides a reservoir of key symbols utilized in the everyday processes of mutual construction and maintenance of identity boundaries. . . . For Atlantic Coast people in general and Creoles...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 91–108.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... Using oral histories, cultural productions, and meetings between Caribbean intellectuals, this examination of Afro-Cuban activism reframes the period leading up to Nancy Morejón’s 1982 Nación y mestizaje en Nicolás Guillén to show that the poet was one of many artists-activists who resurrected black...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 193–200.
Published: 01 July 2017
... are increasingly working on the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s. 9 To be sure, the recent past presents certain difficulties for historians. It requires more contact with living subjects than many of us are comfortable with. Oral history is increasingly an accepted method (and indeed a vital one for certain...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2014
... historical and geographic constructs of belonging. Drawing on an interview with the repatriation officer on board the last ship, as well as traces in the archives, I explore the intersections between historical geography, oral history, and literary imagination in mapping the fragments of returnees' lived...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 150–160.
Published: 01 October 2006
... locality through language and rhythmic legacies, Caribbean postcolonial cultural criticism—specifically popular music analysis—has perhaps not been as consistent in challenging an intellectual hegemony in which the foreign is explicitly granted unwarranted hierarchical authority. While...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 110–125.
Published: 01 March 2017
... boundaries and imagining and evoking the lives that could have/may have been, the accounts in Kempadoo's installation offer an alternative to archival silencing. By incorporating fictionalized oral narratives of professionals and plantation workers, Kempadoo opens up a critical space for representing...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188–198.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of Haiti Unbound, enabling Glover to take major critical steps. Ghettoization of Haitian writers also occurs, she perceptively argues, as a result of Haiti’s exceptional history—examined by Glover as a key factor in their ex-centricity. Too often, she stresses, it has been assumed...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 137–146.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Justin Izzo This essay develops an anthropological genealogy of the créolité literary project. Examining works by Édouard Glissant, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Raphaël Confiant, the author studies how the créolistes read ethnography and the social sciences into a revitalized creole literary history...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 90–102.
Published: 01 November 2012
... to suggest we also read the novel’s depiction of spirit possession as a critical engagement with the materiality of sociological data and official archives. In her nonfictional writing, Brodber makes a case for the ability of oral histories to convey the “emotions” and “feeling tones” about slavery...