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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... turn. Coined by Maldonado-Torres, the decolonial turn refers to “an epistemic, practical, aesthetic, emotional, and oftentimes spiritual repositioning of the modern/colonial subject by virtue of which modernity, and not the colonized subject . . . appears as a problem.” In imagining and creating new...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
... one hopes to bring into existence. Copyright © 2018 by Small Axe, Inc. 2018 futurity political imagination Fanonian leap undecidability decolonial turn At the end of his two major works, Frantz Fanon suggests something of a beginning. “The real leap ,” he tells us in closing Black...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 65–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... Then it focuses on the meaning of the nineteenth century in the Spanish Caribbean, with particular attention to the Caribbean confederation and 1898 as key moments in the colonial and decolonial process of this region. Then the essay turns to the notion of criollismo in the Spanish Caribbean and its dialectic...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 11–21.
Published: 01 March 2020
... does not address these hierarchies. 3 Nelson Maldonado-Torres, “Thinking through the Decolonial Turn: Post-continental Interventions in Theory, Philosophy, and Critique—an Introduction,” Transmodernity 1, no. 2 (2011): 2. 4 Gabriela Veronelli, “A Coalitional Approach to Theorizing...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
... cooperative human efforts and turn the practice of accounting for the brutalities of our world toward the reader. Reading the text—“our grief will dry lakes” (61)—demands the reader register the data by asking why the poet would acknowledge, make plain, and versify this data. To turn to decolonial poetics...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 43–58.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Shirley Tate Reading Heading South as a decolonial romance reveals anxiety about the liminal location of young male citizens in 1970s Haiti caught within the necropower of state terror and US imperialism. Focusing on young men selling “romance” on the beach within the continuing colonial relations...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
... colonial representations and create community in profound ways. Drawing on Sylvia Wynter’s work on colonial epistemologies and representation in relation to questions of race and decolonization and on Rex Nettleford’s discussion of embodiment and marronage, the author lays out a method of decolonial...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 78–84.
Published: 01 July 2015
... of minority subjectivity,” and hence “these hybridized identificatory positions are always in transit, shuttling between different identity vectors” (32; emphasis mine). Muñoz thus turns to “hybridity” in order to account for identities that do not comfortably fit into existing US minoritarian identity...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 147–162.
Published: 01 November 2016
... with Forsdick's claim that translation studies ought to be “Caribbeanized” but would note that a Caribbean intellectual tradition and political imagination has already helped contribute to both the “cultural turn” in translation studies since the 1990s and the “translational turn” in cultural studies. 2...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 37–43.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and Jamaica from the 1860s to 1898; the West Indies Federation became a governing body in the British Caribbean territories from 1958–62. These “con-federated” forms reverberate together in the idea of trans-Caribbean unity as a utopian reference for anti-imperial sovereignty and the decolonial achievement...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 136–153.
Published: 01 July 2013
... for conceiving the Caribbean as divergent, contested, and globalized with “transnational networks and linkages.” 2 I am concerned with ways the term may specifically encompass the work done to date (and to be done in the future) to configure the Caribbean within global, postcolonial, decolonial frames...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of governance, and frame women’s political participation around rigid expectations of maternal behavior and sexual propriety. Copyright © 2018 by Small Axe, Inc. 2018 futurity political imagination Fanonian leap undecidability decolonial turn In November 1960 three young women traveling home...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 180–190.
Published: 01 July 2014
... will concentrate on the analytics of blackness as it relates to Western modernity and decolonial critiques, the absence of Africa and African cultures from Phonographies , and the conceptual provenances of black feminist approaches. Nyong'o accurately states that despite recent appeals for decolonial...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... of conventional Eurocentric Marxism as part of what Makalani refers to as a “decolonial turn.” 46 Rooted in this tradition and against the backdrop of Afro-pessimism and the emergence of BLM, Moving Against the System was published alongside and in dialogue with Dread Poetry and Freedom . Both books, I hope...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and economic affairs. It argues that by the end of the long 1950s, the earlier-twentieth-century story of an emergent civil society in Jamaica was displaced by the story of political society. The result has been a formal decolonization that lacked some of the decolonial social and cultural visions of earlier...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
... instrumentalization. That neither author feels compelled to indigenize his thought is noteworthy at the present moment, wherein calls for a decolonial aesthetics are frequently heard (if less frequently carried through). In anticipation of, and antagonistic cooperation with, such calls, Weheliye declares early...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 100–108.
Published: 01 March 2015
... of the necessary conditions for the recognition of feminist critique, of decolonial and postcolonial critique, indeed, of the “cultural turn.” A second risk linked to the institutionalization of critique is that of the contradiction that resides in “teaching to transgress,” to quote bell hooks's expression. 22...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 152–154.
Published: 01 March 2020
...; and critical discourses of race, gender, and sexuality in colonial and postcolonial societies. She is the author of two books: Travestismos culturales: Literatura y etnografía en Cuba y Brasil (2003) and Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry (2013), which explores the links among turn-of-the-century...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 67–77.
Published: 01 July 2020
... by identifiable courses of treatment. He instead turns to the language of catastrophe to appraise events that remain incalculable by prevailing modalities of thought and unmanageable by existing models of governance. 11 The Caribbean, therefore, is a principal theater of a broader “crisis in crisis...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 50–68.
Published: 01 November 2019
... by positioning Puerto Rican independence as central to a wider decolonial Caribbean and postwar world order. By analyzing Pueblos Hispanos ’s practice of “inter-nationalism”—a term the author proposes to denote the flexible strategy used to mediate between competing political interests and which can serve...
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