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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 17–33.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Matthew Chin Drawing from the work of Jamaica’s Gay Freedom Movement (1977–84), this essay uses the term gaydren to consider the basis for activism around same-sex desire in Jamaica in the 1970s and 1980s. Gaydren is a combination of gay , a North Atlantic reference to subjects of same-sex desire...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 154–166.
Published: 01 October 2007
...M. Jacqui Alexander This essay stages a meeting among the authors of the three reflections on Pedagogies of Crossings . Using danger and desire as the tropes of entry, it returns to Pedagogies by way of wrestling with their most salient preoccupations: the need for a visible pedagogy of the erotic...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 144–160.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Dixa Ramírez Focusing on early-twentieth-century images, this essay constructs a method for discerning how ordinary, often anonymous, Dominicans fulfill, refuse, or frustrate the myriad desires contained in the imperial gaze as recorded in photography. This method, which the author terms “ monte...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 36–52.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Clare Counihan Counter to many of the critical readings of Breath, Eyes, Memory , this essay argues that Sophie Caco does not in fact succeed in speaking for herself in the novel's final scene, reflecting the text's ambivalent desire to formulate a Haitian identity that will both testify to Haitian...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 133–146.
Published: 01 July 2020
... and refused private land ownership, citing communal land as their shield, these issues have resurfaced in the rebuilding process after Hurricane Irma. Barbudans’ desires to maintain their previous way of life remain hampered by the Antiguan government’s disaster capitalist desires to reconstruct Barbuda...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 135–156.
Published: 01 March 2009
..., these migrants brought with them a sense of dignity, `good grooming', aspiration and desires for social respectability as remnants of a `colonial time' as suggested by Richard Wilk. The front rooms they created when they eventually acquired homes was based on the Victorian parlour of the Caribbean colonial elite...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 197–208.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Faith Smith This essay uses the three interlocutors' reflections to return to Creole Recitations , and to reconsider Thomas's nineteenth century as an arena for thinking about Caribbean male intellectuals' self-fashioning and desire, diaspora and degeneration, the sexual politics of creolization...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 250–259.
Published: 01 March 2017
... and foreign white woman rather than between Caribbean people of African and Indian descent. King also addresses recent portrayals of Caribbean trans people and of Caribbean women who desire other women, in particular Shani Mootoo's Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab. Several recent court cases related...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
... gestures toward other ways or modes of affiliation: it represents a desire for an “Elsewhere,” for cross-racial, cross-national, cross-gender, or cross-sexual identifications or moments of solidarity. Condé's novel anticipates queer diaspora theory inaugurated by scholars such as David Eng, among others...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Nalini Mohabir A newly installed plaque at the port of Kolkata stands as a memorial to the indentured Indian diaspora. It conveys a collective story relevant to present desires, not past hauntings. Yet it is the tension of absences and silences that makes the port city an interesting site...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Lyndon K. Gill This essay is a preliminary investigation of the historical and contemporary presence of same-sex desiring and gender nonconforming practitioners in the Spiritual Baptist faith, a spiritual child of the syncretizing contact between black religious communities of the US South...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 137–146.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and reflect empiricist desires in literature, gesturing toward a fictional form that would connect with the Real in ways that earlier modes of Caribbean writing could not; and, finally, they become figural modes in fictional texts, informing the créolistes ’ senses of narrative and characterology. Copyright...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 80–88.
Published: 01 July 2019
...—whether through grammar, digitization, or death. Yet there remains an abiding desire to explode the beauty of (extra)ordinary moments and scenes. Diasporic and hyperlocal, these poems entangle language(s), archives, and memory to map constellations of identities formed and complicated by colonization...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of African origins provided interwar black artists such as Dunham with a tantalizing possibility of Pan-African solidarity through which they could mobilize their desire for connection with an obscured past and an imagined community in the present. When Dunham found her 1930s fieldwork inevitably run aground...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 112–122.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Joy Mahabir Styles of Indo-Caribbean jewelry created during indentureship have been continually reproduced up to the present. Exploring the demand and desire for these styles, this essay suggests that there is a communal aesthetic underlying the production of the jewelry, influenced...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... of the Chinese in the Caribbean in the early twentieth century, loses connections to the language, history, and land of his birth as he forges an identity in his new home. In an illumination of a history not explored, The Pagoda , with its multiple crossings of gender, race, and desire, focuses our attention...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 186–202.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Mark Raymond Architecture is a form of cultural production that evolves as a response to fundamental human needs and desires and to the economic, social, and political circumstances that triangulate broader culture. If in mapping our understanding of the location and nature of Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2023
... some of the debates of the era, her work veers from an expected ideological path; or the path she takes, read as ideological in a particular way, shines an unexpected light on an adjacent path. Inevitably, the demands and desires of subsequent generations are highlighted as well, as is the realization...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 61–83.
Published: 01 March 2021
... neighborhoods, and many assumed a central role in feeding the city. Women moved freely through the heart of the capital and the immediate countryside on personal, commercial, and sometimes directly political itineraries. While formally excluded from electoral politics, working women made their political desires...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 179–188.
Published: 01 July 2023
... this framing makes room for us to envision the ways “gender” also holds generative possibilities in relation to ideas of animality. mrowley1@umd.edu © 2023 by Small Axe, Inc. 2023 decolonial Jamaica Kincaid animality desire slut Andil Gosine Let us begin with a prior moment, 1978...