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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 123–137.
Published: 01 November 2016
... dissention among European and Latin American intellectual supporters of Cuba's revolution. Castro's condemnation of “bourgeois intellectuals” became the basis of Fernández Retamar's essay, and Shakespeare's The Tempest best addressed the relationship between the oppressor and the oppressed in Cuba and Latin...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 28–58.
Published: 01 February 2006
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Jorge L. Giovannetti The Elusive Organization of “Identity”: Race, Religion, and Empire Among Caribbean Migrants in Cuba Jorge L. Giovannetti More than two decades ago, Gordon K. Lewis lamented the “linguistic fragmentation that has characterized Caribbean scholarship as well as...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 195–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
.... Ada Ferrer’s Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution uses extensive primary source documentation alongside an evocative prose style that allows for speculative possibilities. Despite silences in the historical record, how might free and enslaved blacks in Saint-Domingue and Cuba have...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Laura Rosanne Adderley This essay uses Ada Ferrer’s book Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution as a starting point for revisiting the intellectual project of comparative slavery within the Caribbean. Freedom’s Mirror focuses on neighboring territories—Cuba and Hispaniola—during...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 55–75.
Published: 01 March 2015
... argue that the exploitation of black labor from Cuba's colonial legacy was perpetuated under the revolutionary state's agricultural policies. Through appropriating a highly politicized filmic aesthetic used by the Castro government to critique racial discrimination abroad, Coffea arábiga ironizes the...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Ada Ferrer This essay serves as a response to two essays, by Sara E. Johnson and Laura Rosanne Adderley, written in response to the author’s 2014 book Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution . The essay is a reflection on historical and archival method that argues for the value of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 34–49.
Published: 01 November 2019
... revolutionary Cuba and the riddim -based technique of dancehall song composition, both of which converge in the itinerary of the “Death in the Arena” riddim. The novel thus invites readers to process the Cold War’s conflict over time and space through the lens of Jamaican music, attuned both to how geopolitics...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... imaginaries that exist across the Afro-Latinx Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic), Equatorial Guinea (the only Spanish-speaking nation-state in Sub-Saharan Africa), and their diasporic cultural productions in the United States and Spain. The essay ultimately argues that women of color and...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 44–52.
Published: 01 March 2020
... (1857), a romantic novella about the conquest of Puerto Rico, and “A Cuba Libre” (1871), a biographical essay about Haiti’s first president, Alexandre Pétion, the author explores Betances’s vision of Caribbean unity and its connections to race, gender, republicanism, and decolonization. Copyright...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
... aesthetic force of the Cuban religious legacy. The analysis of the artist's work reveals the innovative aesthetic syntax she has developed by approaching, from her own gendered experience, the different cultural legacies that over time have interacted in Cuba and by avoiding any axiological view that would...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 199–210.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Sally Price This essay sets Éloge de la créolité (and the créolité movement) in the comparative context of earlier identitarian movements in the Caribbean and Afro-America, such as the Caribbean Artists Movement (anglophone Caribbean), Wie Eegie Sanie (Suriname), and the Grupo Antillano (Cuba). It...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 125–137.
Published: 01 November 2013
... readership, Cabrera intimates a connection between the postcolonial context of Martinique and Republican Cuba, and between Négritude and cubanía (Cubanness). Yet, just as Cabrera's translation of Notebook is a symbolic moment in the shaping of black internationalism in the Caribbean, it can equally be viewed...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
... possible directions for Caribbean politics in the near future. While largely sympathetic to many of their comments, Meeks engages with Gray specifically around what Meeks considers Gray's minimalizing of the distinctions between radical activists of the 1970s and contemporary “Dons,” the role of Cuba in...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 104–110.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Leticia Alvarado This essay is a brief reflection on Ana Mendieta's Silueta Series, the Cuban diaspora, Latinidad, and ultimately brownness, after the loss of José E. Muñoz. In “Performing Greater Cuba: Tania Bruguera and the Burden of Guilt,” José declares himself “a proponent of pan-Latino...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
... blackness. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 Alexandra T. Vazquez music Cuba listening “I love hearing her hear.” 1 This is what Alexandra T. Vazquez writes about Sara Gómez and her film Y tenemos sabor , and that is how I felt as I read Vazquez's Listening in Detail . How could a grunt become so...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 115–122.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the relationship between the Shakespearean figures of Prospero and Caliban. Also underlined is the importance to Calibán of Fernández Retamar's quotations from José Martí and Che Guevara. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 Caribbean The Tempest Cuba José Martí Roberto Fernández Retamar con Tomás...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 97–111.
Published: 01 March 2019
... viability of a Marxist-Leninist party and the implosion of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada in 1983. Copyright © 2019 Small Axe, Inc. 2019 Workers Party of Jamaica Marxism-Leninism People’s National Party Jamaica Labour Party Soviet Union Cuba In the 1970s the preoccupation of the Workers...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 155–166.
Published: 01 November 2019
... ephemeral as sources for alternative forms of productivity and agency. Copyright © 2019 by Small Axe, Inc. 2019 José Lezama Lima Julián del Casal Republican Cuba queer theory reception theory 26 As argued by Rebecca Scott in her classic Slave Emancipation in Cuba: The Transition to Free...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 49–64.
Published: 01 November 2016
...): 40–50; Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005). 32 See, for example, María del Pilar Díaz Castañón, Ideología y revolución: Cuba, 1959–1962 (Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 2001); Lillian Guerra...