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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 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: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 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: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
... conceptualize what 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... imagination Fanonian leap undecidability decolonial turn In November 1960 three young women traveling home from visiting their jailed activist husbands on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic were detained and subsequently murdered by the henchmen of notorious dictator Rafael Trujillo for their...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
... otherness? I conclude by turning to Dionne Brand's long poem Inventory , reading it as a creative work that intervenes in the commonsense teleology of racial violence. Extending decolonial politics and decolonial thinking—the coalitional effort to understand decolonization and modernity as unfinished...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2019) 23 (1 (58)): 35–50.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of difference, and characterized Haitian-Dominican relations as an eternal antagonistic “cockfight” over the island. Drawing on a recent turn in the scholarship, the author argues that a transnational lens of polyrhythmic intra-action and tension has emerged—rather than a “cockfight”—that focus on...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2015) 19 (2 (47)): 78–84.
Published: 01 July 2015
... a substitute for historical and political representation” (188). This demand for performing one's otherness for “elite eyes” is what Muñoz usefully terms the “burden of liveness” (191), a key concept for thinking about the constraints placed on performance. I turn here at length to the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 180–190.
Published: 01 July 2014
... comments 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 136–153.
Published: 01 July 2013
... focus 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
... held to be collusive with, or identical to, this racialized 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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 100–108.
Published: 01 March 2015
... 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 This major risk is today the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2015) 19 (2 (47)): 177–184.
Published: 01 July 2015
..., colonial past. Despite art history's global turn, along with many other fields of knowledge and cultural practice since the 1990s, Wainwright rightly argues that in the study and curation of art transnationally, rather than this presenting an opening up and out of prior parameters shaping (dominant...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2009) 13 (1): 193–202.
Published: 01 March 2009
... war, African and Caribbean decoloni- zation movements, and the US civil rights movement. For Boyce Davies’ recovery of Jones as an exemplary black activist-intellectual of the post–World War II era, the US terrain is critical for her emergence as a leading Caribbean activist-intellectual. Jones...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2013
... no wonder, then, that Glissant turned to translation in his later work while attempting to articulate a praxis and rhythm of a poetics of Relation, expressed through the specificity of a creolizing landscape yet not reducible to a bounded spatiality. For Paul Gilroy, a moment of translation (or...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2010) 14 (2 (32)): 160–167.
Published: 01 July 2010
... keep the family/nation/culture from tearing apart at the seams—a generation of women whom we might retroactively call feminists of the decolonialization period. Doris Goodison is one such woman, a mother figure who clothes, cares for, and keeps the family, community, and nation together, one who...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 55–69.
Published: 01 March 2018
... to the whitening of national identities in the Spanish Caribbean as well as the exclusions within contemporary African diaspora theories. In turn, “Robin Hood” presents alternative ways of imagining the place of Afro-Latinos within the Spanish Caribbean and the African diaspora more broadly...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2019) 23 (1 (58)): 52–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
... document as he did within the 1981 conjuncture of electoral defeat, Robotham had to confront the Left’s ultimate failure and identify the tactical errors where the Left did not push hard enough or conceded too much ground. For him, 1974 marked a pivotal turning point, as the individual and intimate stakes...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2017) 21 (3 (54)): 209–218.
Published: 01 November 2017
... fascination with the icon in turn sparked a curiosity in me to understand the production of the afterlives of the poet among Nuyorican writers and artists. My response to this Small Axe book discussion begins here, with this personal anecdote about Agüeros's generosity, as a way to think about intellectual...